Friday, many Tech students will be packing cars and leaving Russellville behind, excited to be getting their week-long break from classes and other responsibilities. Next Friday, a child within the Russellville School District will be hungry because his elementary school has also closed for spring break and it’s his only food source.
This child, this need, is exactly why River Valley Food 4 Kids cofounder Kristin Foster has been supplying food for the backpack program for the surrounding Russellville and Yell county school districts.
“Food insecurity is defined as not having reliable access to nutritious food,” Foster said. “Either food stamps run out too far in advance of pay day or it’s a continual lack of food.”
Foster said the organization served 32,000 meals with the help of local churches and community businesses. This year, some of Tech’s own registered student organizations will be volunteering their time and efforts to continue the progress the RVF4K has been making.
“It started out with finding out stuff like we are one of the most food insecure counties as far as Pope County goes,” said Matt Freeman, senior psychology and sociology double major from Russellville. “I never knew that; I’ve never seen it. Then you see the numbers and the facts. It takes away your excuse for apathy.”
Freeman is a chairman for the on campus organization Because We Can, which will be accepting donations at Witherspoon Room 346 until Friday.