Louisiana Tech College’s pantry gives college students wholesome meals choices

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) – College students suffer from food insecurity across the country. According to Feeding America, 47% of college students reported having been deprived of food.

The uncertainty affects many students in northeast Louisiana. Louisiana Tech is expanding its services to its students. The mission is to provide healthy options for students suffering from food insecurity.

“We know that nutrition is part of the ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and is therefore critical to student success. Research shows that well-nourished students can concentrate better and therefore perform better on exams, ”said Catherine Fontenot, founder of the Good Pantition Mission Food Pantry.

The Good Nutrition Mission’s food pantry at Louisiana Tech has grown since the pandemic.

“We have looked after between 200 and 300 students, since the previous pandemic we have probably only looked after around 50 to 80 students. So it has grown a lot, ”said Fontenot.

Officials added an online ordering system to make it easier for students to get groceries and toiletries. Emma Bouley is a student at tech, she says she is grateful for the much needed help.

“I just love that they have started taking toiletries and the like too, because I know that is one of the reasons I recommended my friends to come here. If you need a toothbrush or toothpaste and it’s just like something you can’t afford for this month, you can come here, ”she said.

Officials say students must have a Louisiana Tech University student ID, phone number, and email address to receive items. Kara Hodge, a volunteer student, says it feels great to serve others.

“I was here this morning to put some things together and a man came in with his three year old son. It was very fulfilling to see that we not only help students, but that these students have families, ”she said.

The goal of Louisiana Tech Good Nutrition Mission Food Pantry is to meet the need for food on campus. If you want to donate, click here.

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