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WMU Army ROTC hosts food drive for school's Invisible Need Project

Cadets from Western Michigan University's Army ROTC program greeted shoppers at the Harding’s on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

Cadets from Western Michigan University's Army ROTC program greeted shoppers at the Harding’s on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

The non-perishable food items they're collecting will help students struggling to afford a meal this holiday season. And, the generosity of strangers was on display today.

“Canned food, canned vegetables, some macaroni, ramen noodles is a big one,” Joe Fazio said. “That's pretty cheap, but it goes a long way. We have been getting them in by the cartful which is awesome.”

Non-perishable food items were collected for WMU's student food pantry called the Invisible Need Project.

College students who go hungry often feel unseen; their needs can go unnoticed.

“There are some people who really do benefit from this, and they might go hungry without it,” Fazio said.

The Invisible Need Project started in 2014. This is the first year WMU's Army ROTC has pitched in to help.

“They give so much to us and they help us out so much, so it's a great way for us to give a little bit of our time,” Allison Ackerly said.

ROTC members stood outside Harding’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; a full day’s work.

“I think Kalamazoo is very good at helping each other out,” Fazio said.

ROTC members hoped to fill up several trailers full of food items today.

WMU students who qualify can use the pantry once every two weeks.

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