Tucked away in a second floor office of Clark Atlanta University’s Thomas W. Cole Research Center is the headquarters for a small organization making a huge impact on college students in Atlanta. The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights is waging a quiet battle to stamp out hunger on college campuses throughout the Atlanta University Center.
It’s a problem most people are not even aware of, students working toward their education who lack enough money to buy food. Blake Osborne has the huge task of trying to meet the needs of these students as the Institute’s operations manager.
Osborne and his fellow “change agents,” students from CAU, Morehouse College and Spelman College, distribute food bags to 25 students every week. But they have to turn away another 200 hungry students every month because there’s not enough food in Mimi’s Pantry at the Institute to meet the growing need.
“There is no easy way to describe the hole this places in your heart,” said Osborne. “To know that each week as the requests come in you will be forced to turn away a large portion of them.”
Donors may drop off non-perishable food items in two locations on campus: suite 2035 in the Thomas Cole building and outside room 103 in the Carl and Mary Ware building. You may also contact the Institute directly to contribute at 404.524.8406.