BHSU-RC students work to combat hunger with food pantry

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A student organization at Black Hills State University-Rapid City is trying to combat hunger among the student body.

The Sociology/Human Services Collective is looking for nonperishable foods to stock the shelves of their newly organized student pantry. The students established the pantry in January 2017 and have seen items quickly disappearing off the shelves. Any student that is facing food insecurity can take from the pantry.

According to Feeding South Dakota, 1 in every 8 South Dakotans face food insecurity. 

"We thought that it would take a while to get going and that maybe a couple students would take advantage of it, here or there,” said Lesleigh Owen, a sociology lecturer at BHSU-RC. “We have to restock this almost daily ... food has been flying off the shelves, which goes to show us that the need is even greater than we anticipated."

Any nonperishable food item, as well as sanitary or hygiene products, can be dropped off at Black Hills State University-Rapid City's security desk on the main floor. The food drive lasts until March 16.

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