An on-campus, service-oriented student organization is working toward bringing a food recovery program to Arkansas Tech University.
Because We Can members and faculty sponsors began chomping away at their task just months ago.
“The Green and Gold Cupboard is a food recovery program,” said Kendall Tubb, junior psychology and sociology major from Little Rock and co-founder of Because We Can. “We’ll be taking food from the cafeteria that has not been touched by the student body and giving it to local food pantries such as Main Street Mission, Teen Challenge and Saint John’s food pantry.”
Food insecurity, commonly defined as being without reliable access to nutritious food, is a major problem for the River Valley area.
“There are over 800 children in our county alone that don’t have food when they come home from school,” Tubb said. “That’s heartbreaking to me.”
The organization began trying to institute the program upon hearing that the state of Arkansas is the second most food insecure state in the nation.
“Our goal is to not only raise awareness, but to actually take a step and work together to fix it,” Tubb said.
Because We Can attended a conference at the University of Arkansas last weekend that gave the organization more information about starting a food recovery program at Tech. The conference, and the collaboration of on-campus departments and local organizations, will be the next step in implementing the food recovery program.
Those interested in volunteering are urged to visit Because We Can on Facebook.