CMR Supports Appalachian State Student Project and Local Food Pantry
Appalachian State University students in the Spring 2022 section of Katherine Abrams' WRC 2001 course, a rhetoric and composition class through Watauga Residential College which focuses on student writing across the curriculum, were given the opportunity to engage in a service learning project as part of their coursework. One group chose to reach out to Boone's Hunger and Health Coalition (HHC), a community nonprofit which assists local families with compassionate access to food, medicine, firewood, and other resources.
In coordination with the organization's Director of Communications, Jenn Bass, the group created a plan to renovate and refresh the HHC's storage center, a full sized shipping container permanently set at the edge of their parking lot. At the start of this project it was solid white with the HHC name, motto, and phone number in large, peeling green stickers across the side. Bass and her team wanted to make a dramatic and appealing change to the façade, and had long held onto an idea but needed funding for supplies and volunteers who were up to the sizable task.
RC 2001 students Dina Clemente, Jake Genderson, Cayden Hager, Frances Healy, Zitalya Leathers, Amanda Mull and Jordan Randall were willing and able, but funding was still an obstacle, so CMR decided to step in and support the project. "The HHC organization and their creative project connected so deeply to the issues of social justice that CMR is concerned with, and our strong belief that art can make an impact, that when I brought the idea to the editorial staff, we all felt an immediate desire to jump in and help make it happen," explained Editor Katherine Abrams.
After several visits to the site, and some long hours of sweat equity, Abrams' dedicated student group successfully transformed the once bland storage container into an inspiring reflection of the idea that the HHC holds most dear: Food is medicine.