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Outreach and Support
MTSU Food Pantry
In Fall 2012, MT One Stop and the Student Government Association (SGA) started a student
food pantry for MTSU students who were unsure where their next meal was going to come
from. Due to an increasing number of hungry college students, it was important to
address this need on our campus. As the need continues. we hope that we are able to
address the needs of our student body through the food pantry. MTSU joined the College
and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) in March 2017, which joins institutions
with established food pantries or ones looking to start a food pantry. The items for
our food pantry are stocked from food drives, individual and group donations, as well
as monetary donations. The MTSU Student Food Pantry has grown tremendously over the
years and with the increased growth and demand we have been able to serve students
from a variety of circumstances and backgrounds.
MTSU is dedicated to the financial wellness of our students as a part of our goal
to, “...graduate students who are prepared to thrive professionally, committed to
life-long learning, and actively engaged as citizens of their communities and the
world.” As a community we aim to achieve this goal by “enhancing the quality of the
student life experience,by addressing the financial health of students. As a community
we hope to help you make informed financial decisions during your time at MTSU, but
also to prepare you for life after college. In helping to prepare you we offer financial
literacy presentationsas well as on-campuseventsfocused on your financial well-being. In addition to the presentations and events,
we also offer a list of additionalresourcesandfinancial basicsto help you learn at your own pace.
Established in 2008, MTSU along with the Department of Children Services, and the
Tennessee Youth Advisory Council created the Next Step program. This program was created
in part to assist in the transition of those aging out of foster care and transitioning
into adulthood. However, these resources were also identified as areas of need for
students experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and unaccompanied minors. It is believed
that by giving these students the tools they need to succeed it would give them a
better chance of succeeding in college and life after graduation. The Next Step program
at MTSU aims to address the needs of this population by working to assist with their
core needs as well as address the basics of navigating higher education at MTSU.