It’s hard out here these days. And it’s particularly hard for school students. That is what Alabama A&M student Justin Franks set out to alter when he got an excellent idea. Didn’t enjoy watching his classmates go hungry. So the young man started a food pantry, an idea it feels like is a no-brainer considering the disconnect between their appetites and college students wallets.
“I noticed that there were several students that stated they ware going to bed hungry,” explains Franks. “So, I thought about it and said, ‘What can I give back to my community?'”
On religion and $ 40, he started a food pantry.
“I started with pretty much only noodles and Capri Suns and that I had a few household items such as water and tissue,” says Franks.
Then he posted about it.
“It got a great deal of response,” describes Franks. “It got shared 600-700 times and thus it got around the web.”
Encourage and the shares was.
“I didn’t think it would get shared that far, but people really cared for our pupils and Alabama A&M University,” says Franks.
Donations came pouring in from neighborhood groups, alumni and school. It captured our attention at WHNT NEWS.
The pantry is packed with items such as chips, granola bars, soup, oatmeal and cereal.
“We’ve Capri Suns, drinks, juices and water,” says Franks as he shows us around. “We have crackers and biscuits.”
Additionally, there are toiletries and personal hygiene items. But for Franks it’s compassion and selflessness in action.
“To me, it only makes me feel as though I’m boon somebody,” explains Franks. “I’m a religious person and I really feel like that I can bless a student. Some nights, pupils will be like ‘Man, I really appreciate this since I didn’t have anything to eat.'”
Franks has helped almost 100 students so far. Pupils can get up to three things. He’s already training somebody else to make sure that the pantry can last long after he’s graduated.
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