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MTSU opens food pantry for hungry students

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One of the mid-state's biggest universities is seeing more and more hungry students.

Now Middle Tennessee State University has a food pantry to help out.

The school's advising center teamed up with the Student Government Association to start the pantry this month.

Officials said they've seen a steady increase in the number of homeless students in the past 18 months. At least 64 students don't have a permanent place to live, and many more don't know where their next meal is coming from, according to Becca Seul, MTSU academic advisor.

MTSU is asking for help in stocking the shelves to make sure no student goes without a meal.

The biggest need is non-perishable food, said Seul.

"Anything that can be easily opened, cooked and eaten without a stove, like ramen, macaroni and cheese," Seul said.

Seul added that bottled water and juice packs were also needed.

Freshmen students who live on campus are required to get a meal plan, but upperclassmen who don't live on campus do not, Seul said.

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