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Class aids food pantry

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Baker University’s Social Inequality class will soon be demonstrating that poverty and hunger are not only worldwide problems, but are also struggles in the Baldwin City community.

Senior Amanda Haas said the class, which is taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Linda Silber, will be distributing bags at community members’ doors Nov. 28 asking for non-perishable foods and monetary donations for the First United Methodist Church of Baldwin City’s food pantry. Haas said fraternities and sororities as well as campus organizations will also be asked to make donations, which will be collected Dec. 5.

“We’re trying to raise awareness about poverty and hunger in our local community, and we’re trying to do something to respond to that issue,” she said.

The Rev. Pam Morrison said the idea came about when Silber approached her after seeing a food pantry yard sign and asked her if she would come talk to the class.

“I’m really thrilled that Linda had the ingenuity to see the sign and call me,” she said. “It’s good to participate with the Baker community, and we’re delighted to have this project.”

Morrison said the church usually collects donations on the first Sunday of every month, and does not put a limit on how many times a person can visit.

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