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Black Student Association Kicks Off Philanthropic Efforts With Donation to Mid-South Food Bank

Black Student Association members(from left to right: Rashedah Young, Karen Merriweather, Curtis McKoy II, and Elizabeth Sueing) present Mid-South Food Bank Director of Corporate and Community Engagement Marcia Wells (center) with a $250 donation. (Photo by Dustin Fulton/UTHSC)

The Black Student Association (BSA) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) donated $250 to the Mid-South Food Bank on Tuesday.

The donation is the first philanthropic initiative for this academic year. The group took the first half of the year to help new students become acclimated to the rigor of graduate professional school and to encourage financial literacy, mental and physical wellness, and resilience among its members.

The donation is the first philanthropic initiative for this academic year. (Photo by Dustin Fulton/UTHSC)

The BSA is committed to public service, whether it be through participation in health fairs throughout the community to tackling issues affecting our community,” said dental student and UTHSC BSA president Karen Merriweather. “Food insecurity is one of those issues affecting our community and we thought that giving to the Mid-South Food Bank during the holiday season was a wonderful way to show our support.”

“If we think about the membership of the Black Student Association at UTHSC, each person could easily share a story about the generosity of others and how that has impacted their journey to becoming a health professional,” Merriweather said. “Our donation to the Mid-South Food Bank will help those less fortunate and, ultimately, we believe that giving will inspire others to embrace that same spirit.”

The BSA will be volunteering during King Day 2019 and with Room in The Inn in the spring semester.