For many college students, the daily grind of classes, clubs, studying and a possible commute can leave little time for food preparation or even the opportunity to sneak in a nutritious meal.
A new program at Bowie State University seeks to solve this problem.
With the help of a $10,000 donation from Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion's hunger relief initiative, Bowie State opened Bowie State Nutrition Lounge -- a food bank that is fully stocked with unperishable food items,produce, toiletries, and hygine items.
“This gift from Food Lion Feeds, along with the ongoing partnership of Food Lion and Capital Area Food Bank, will make an incredible difference for our Bowie State students, who sometimes struggle to afford healthy food options,” said the university's vice president of institutional advancement Brent Swinton in a press release.
The Bowie State Nutrition Lounge also provides students with nutrition education and a place to study with ample tables, chairs, and couches.
“Students should be focused on learning, not where their next meal will come from," said Jason Bullock, Food Lion director of operations in the Bowie, Md., area. "Caring for our neighbors in the towns and cities we serve is important to us, so we’re excited about this new space to help nourish the Bowie State community.”
Bowie State is also accepting donations from the community to help support the lounge and take action against campus food insecurity.