HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A University of Southern Mississippi campus facility that supplies nutritious food free of charge for students or staff in need is celebrating its first anniversary.
The Eagle's Nest Food Pantry opened on Oct. 12, 2016.
In the last year, its had over 4,500 visitors.
It offers non-perishable food, hygiene and baby supplies and some school supplies and all that's needed is a current student ID.
Items are supplied by various donors.
"We're working with students that may have a roommate that's left them in a sudden need for financial help, we've got student families who might have a child who's ill, somebody might have lost a job, so this is a temporary safety net for a lot of our students," said Tamara Hurst, faculty liaison for the Eagle's Nest Food Pantry.
"I love being able to interact with everyone daily and really being able to make a difference and assist people," said Tori Janicke, outreach, fundraising and media coordinator for the pantry.
"(Work at the pantry) has been satisfying and interesting and it makes me feel good helping the students around campus that don't have much," said Morgan Henry, a work-study volunteer at the pantry.
You can learn more about the food pantry by visiting its Facebook page or the Southern Miss School of Social Work website.