Local high school students are taking part in a community service project to help feed the hungry.
They’re part of Upward Bound, a college prep academy hosted by Washington State Community College (WSCC).
WMOA News spoke with Washington State’s Katey Blackwell, who explains that Upward Bound is a federally-funded program. “It provides social, cultural, and educational opportunities to local high school students interested in obtaining a college degree in the future.”
Blackwell says Upward Bound is partnering with AmeriCorps volunteers at WSCC in celebration of Martin Luther King Day of Service.
“On Tuesday we canvassed neighborhoods for food donations for the Marietta Community Food Pantry,” says Blackwell. “Our students are very excited to serve our community.”
She notes that ‘giving back’ is an important part of Upward Bound.
“Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds and it can be easy to not realize the level of need in our own area. We work on making the students aware of local poverty, food needs, and homelessness issues.”
This Saturday, around 45 students will collect and deliver the bagged food donations to the Marietta Community Food Pantry. They’ll take a tour of the facility, located in the First Congregational Church on Front Street, and hear from a speaker with the Washington County Job and Family Services Department.