The struggle is real for many college students across the country. It’s hard enough trying to pay tuition, let alone room and board. The choice sometimes comes down to books for the semester or a meal plan. For those who have to make that hard choice, one college student is stepping in to help. Justin Franks, a full-time student at Alabama A &M University, decided to help his fellow classmates out with an innovative idea. Franks started a food pantry in the dorm.

After noticing that some students in the dorm were going to be hungry, he was inspired to do something about it.” I noticed that there were some students that said they ware going to bed hungry,” explained Franks to WHNT.  “So, I thought about it and said, ‘What can I give back to my community? He started with $40 and a small amount of items, including things like ramen noodles, Capri Suns, tissues and water. Franks posted his accomplishment on Facebook and it took off.

After his post was shared over 500 times, he began to receive additional items for the pantry. Thanks to people who Franks says “really cared about our students and Alabama A&M University. Franks act of selflessness has helped to serve over 100 students.

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