Aberdeen Salvation Army Provides Free, Healthy Food Option to Students

Northern State University students picking out fruit during the Salvation Army’s Student Day. Photo credit: Joseph Park.

   Many college students have problems with eating enough healthy food, as junk food, frozen food, and the like are generally far more affordable options.
   For this reason, college students tend to gain weight, contributing to the name, “Freshman Fifteen,” which describes how much weight students oftentimes gain during their freshman year.
   College students often live on a tight budget for their living expenses, and students are forced to find cheap food when they do their grocery shopping.
   To help alleviate this problem among college students, the Salvation Army in Aberdeen has created a solution that can help students to have healthy food while they are in college.
   The Salvation Army is well-known as a Christian charity that provides help for communities, and they are now adding communities of students to their list. Recently, they have begun hosing a weekly Student Day, allowing students to get fresh foods for free.
   This event is held inside the Salvation Army building located at 1003 6th Ave SW across from Lincoln Elementary School, and it takes place every Wednesday from 1pm-5pm.
   Each student with a valid student ID can fill up one plastic bag provided by the Salvation Army when they sign up at the door. The food provided for students are healthy essentials for those who cook for themselves, such as fruits and vegetables.

I really appreciate all the people who help to hold this Student Day event. Some people might think that these kinds of food, such as bananas or melons, are not big things. However, to me, free food once a week is a huge gift.
NSU international student, YaeJei Kim

   The purpose of the Salvation Army Student Day is to provide college students with healthy food and fresh produce without breaking their budget.
   The Salvation Army hopes that this event will help students to save their money for future purposes.
   Every week there are 15 to 20 students who participate in Student Day, so it may not be well-known to students in the Aberdeen area yet, but it is a wonderful opportunity.
   Students who have attended Student Day describe how it helps their school life. “I have been there every week, and I really appreciate all the people who help to hold this Student Day event,” said Yae-Jei Kim, a NSU international student from South Korea. “Some people might think that these kinds of food, such as bananas or melons, are not big things. However, to me, free food once a week is a huge gift.”
   Major Dale Hunt of the Salvation Army Aberdeen Corps Community Center commented on Student Day, saying that through this program, “The Salvation Army is able to reach out to college students in this area. They are our future leaders.”
   Any students interested in free, healthy food should bring their student ID to the Salvation Army on Student Day.


Joseph Park
STAFF WRITER

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