Ole Miss Family Association

University of Mississippi

Food Bank Provides Resource for Students Struggling Financially

By CC Chace

The leaves are starting to fall, and there’s a crisp feeling in the air: It’s finally that time of year again. The holidays are just around the corner, and I have begun to realize how thankful I am for the people in my life and how life has been good to me. While it’s easy for me to reflect on these things, it’s also important to think about those who may struggle here at the university. For example, some students on campus struggle with affording food and may not even know where their next meal is coming from. The Ole Miss Food Bank is there to help.

Since November 2012, the Ole Miss Food Bank has provided a comfortable, laid-back environment where students who struggle with affording food can pick out grocery items free of charge. Located at Kinard Hall in Room 213, the food bank provides nourishing food and hygiene products to all university students, regardless of financial status. Students only need to present their student ID when they visit.

Kate Reinhardt and Chloe Grant, co-chairs of fundraising and events, talked about the importance of the food bank here on campus.

“Having no food really affects someone’s learning, so I think it is really awesome that we have this here, so that people can really focus on their education,” Reinhardt said.

“There is such a big stigma on needing help with food,” Grant said. “We need to get rid of that stigma, because it is something that we need to talk about. It greatly affects (students’ lives) when they aren’t able to get enough food. It is hard to live like that. For me, a lot of it is letting people know that it is alright and that they are not alone in this situation.”

To ask for a list of items most needed by the Food Bank, email the Ole Miss Food Bank and/or to make a donation c/o the Food Bank, click here.

CC Chace is a graduate assistant for OMFA and the School of Education.