FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - With rising tuition and the cost of living continuing to go up, some college students across the nation have to choose between gas in their car or food on their plates.
But there's a new program at the University of North Alabama that is trying to help the struggling student.
This fall, the student inspired 'Feeding the Pride' food pantry opened on the UNA campus.
"Several students here that we just take for granted, is they are only here on those loans and the money that they receive back from that,” explained Will Riley the SGA President, “that's how they eat and that's how they get around."
Tired of hearing stories of students stealing food from their room-mates, or some just going hungry, UNA student julia henderson led the effort to make the food pantry a reality.
Supported by the Student Government Association and volunteers, the food pantry gives needy students a week's worth of food.
"Some students can get over that hump saying I don't know if I need help or not, and for those who actually need that help," said Riley.
Open four days a week, students in need, can go on-line and request the service.
It's a way for a community of students, to help their fellow classmates get through a struggling time.
According to Will Riley, "Several students do have the food insecurity, and this is to provide that additional service. They may be able to have lunch, but not necessarily dinner."
University leaders hope this will be a way to keep students focused on their classes, and not where their next meal will come from.
The 'Feeding the Pride' food pantry is taking private donations to help stock their shelves.
Donations can be made through the University of North Alabama by following this link www.una.edu/feedingthepride