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The holiday season can be one of the most trying times for those experiencing food poverty. To ensure students can focus on learning and not how they’re going to get their next meal, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Honors Psychology Class has re-opened the NEO Student Food Pantry in the Wesley Student Center. Students selected the Food Pantry project as a component of their service-learning requirements for their Honors General Psychology Course. Along with the Food Pantry, students focused broadly on hunger as an issue that impacts both the NEO and Miami communities. Students have also been raising money since September to assist the Miami Public Schools’ Backpack Program. “By providing support to the MPS Backpack Program, students helped supply dozens children suffering from food poverty with nutritious food to take home on Fridays,” said Dr. Lesli Deichman, NEO Psychology Instructor. “At the same time, food insecurity affects about 40% of students who attend two-year colleges, the Student Food Pantry will go a long way in easing the concerns of our students who may not have enough to eat.” The Student Food Pantry is available in the Wesley Center Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, or by appointment with Donni Long at 918-540-6351 or donni.long@neo.edu.

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