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A Local Group Addresses Food Insecurity Among College Students with 'Operation Nourish'

February 13, 2018 08:29 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- A local group continues its initiative to help college students focus more on their studies and less on when their next meal is.

The Rochester-based organization, Project Legacy originally focused on providing support to 60 young adults who are refugees, homeless, or just looking for a better life. "Operation Nourish" was started four years ago when a member, Heather Robinson saw the food disparity some were facing.

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Dennis Paul is also a member of Project Legacy. On top of being a full-time student at Rochester Community and Technical College, he juggles playing basketball and holding a job.

“The last thing that you think about when you go to sleep is probably ‘How am I going to get food tomorrow so that I have the energy? How am I going to pay this bill tomorrow? How am I going to get to school? Because I don't have gas’,” said Paul.

Paul is just one of the students who struggle to eat when money is tight.

"We have kids tell us that their mother abandoned them, their dad wasn't around and they ate whatever they could find at their neighbors," said Project Legacy co-founder and executive director Karen Edmonds.

"Operation Nourish" addresses the challenge of food insecurity for college students by having members submit a grocery list to the Facebook page, and have people pick up extra items when out shopping. About 30 volunteers have dropped off food for the program.

The program has helped around 40 people, and the group hopes to bring in more volunteers.

“Whenever I make it where I make it, I going to make sure I donate and pay it forward. Help the people that helped you,” said Project Legacy member Jamil James.


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