Efforts by students at the University of Arkansas to help their classmates and persons in the community who are struggling to buy food have been recognized by the White House.
The U of A's Full Circus Campus Food Pantry was named last Friday as one of 15 finalists in the White House's “Campus Champions of Change Challenge.” The need filled by Full Circle and other university food banks was the subject of a Feb. 25 USA Today article. A university press release has more:
The idea for the pantry originated with the university’s Volunteer Action Center, a student group that coordinates volunteer opportunities for campus students, faculty and staff. Through their efforts the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry opened on Feb. 7, 2011, in the kitchen area of Bud Walton Hall.
In its first year the food pantry has filled more than 500 student requests and 300 staff requests for themselves and their families, providing emergency food assistance to more than 2,500 people.
The winner will be selected by popular vote; to cast yours go to the Campus Challenge website. Deadline is 10:59 p.m. CST March 3.
You can also support the UA program by sending a tweet with the name of the entry, "Full Circle Food Pantry," to @jonCarson44, who is the director of public engagement at the White House, or by going to the Full Circle Pantry Event Facebook page.
The top five food banks will send representatives to an event at the White House, will be featured by mtvU and MTV Act, and one group will host an episode of mtvU's "The Dean's List."