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Big Sandy Community and Technical College Faces of Hunger

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
President Dr. George Edwards and wife, Dr. Joyce Edwards, help Phi Theta Kappas Free Brown Bag Lunch Project.

Prestonsburg, KY (November 15, 2011) Dr. George Edwards, Big Sandy Community and Technical College President, and his wife, Dr. Joyce Edwards, took time out from their busy schedules November 8th, to participate in the Phi Theta Kappa Free Brown Bag Lunch Project. The two, assisted the members of the Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in their every Tuesday Free Brown Bag Lunch Project in the Student Center at the Prestonsburg Campus. The Chapter has researched the topic of Hunger and determined that many individuals have hunger issues, and that this has consequences for their academic performance.

The Chapter began researching issues of hunger from last year and continues through this current year and created the Free Brown Bag Lunch Project, which began a year ago last November 2010, as a response to their initial needs assessment, and the Project continues this year with the assistances of various community donors to provide the bread and peanut butter and jelly.

Each brown bag contains an apple, cookies, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and the opportunity of two types of chili provided free to any student, staff, or faculty member each week. Novembers donor is Appalachian Wireless, which has provided monies to support this Project, and also has provided monies for a future month next year.

The Chapter also has created and established a micro-economy process to also provide monies for the effort where the members sell a recipe and a main ingredient can of food for the recipe, including facts about hunger in the community to support the efforts of the Free Lunch Project. The picture above is of the President and his wife, and members of the Chapter engaged in providing the Free Lunch.

Any community donations can be made by contacting Dr. Bill Loftus, the faculty advisor of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of Two-Year Colleges at 606-886-3863 x 64770.