With freshman and returning students coming back for the start of a new school year, Fairmont State University president Dr. Mirta Martin, say that natural adversities are inevitable, but with the help of local organizations one adversity they can help prevent, the problems of student hunger.
Dr. Mirta Martin said just within her short time of being president, she saw a pattern of students who were academically excelling, but had struggle with challenges outside of the classroom.
“When I arrived at Fairmont State and there was a teacher workage stoppage I had what would be probably a parade of students coming into my office crying because they didn’t have money to make payments and they didn’t have money to feed their children.” said Martin.
That’s when Martin said with the help of local organizations like Aladdin Food Management and Life United Methodist Church, the community came together to began the fight on student hunger at the Wesley Foundation.
“We just want to be known as partners and good neighbors. It’s not about anything that we do, it’s about what God has called us to do and hopefully if anybody brings up Life United Methodist Church hopefully we’re not talked about our facility, but we’re talked about what we’re doing at this community.” said Rev. Larry Buckhead, Life United Methodist Pastor.
Senior football player Roy Williams stated although he is from Florida, by events like these happening, Fairmont State keeps their promise of feeling like a home away from home.
“It does make you feel good inside, make you feel like people actually does care – you’re not just here to work work work for like a robot type of thing. So, it feels good, you know we give back, you know we say thank you, be polite, all that good stuff. We appreciate all they do here and it just helps us keep going and just makes us a better Fairmont State family.” said Williams.