The Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights commemorated Rev. Lowery’s 99th birthday, on October 6, through a service project, where packages of food were distributed to food-secure college students in metro Atlanta.
Through the institute’s Mimi’s Pantry, prescreened students received their packaged food at Clark Atlanta University’s campus.
This year has been a year of unexpected challenges as we all try to navigate the situations created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cheryl Lowery, CEO of The Lowery Institute. “We are clear that one challenge that has been heightened by this health crisis is food insecurity, particularly among college students.”
“Throughout a normal school year, the Mimi’s Pantry program serves hundreds of students in need. Though we are not able to respond to the need for supplemental food supplies the way we have in the past, we did not want any of our young people to think we have forgotten their on-going need.”
According to a recent study done by the Association of American Colleges & Universities:
Food insecurity occurs at both two-year and four-year institutions. Twenty-five percent of community college students qualified as having very low food security, compared to 20 percent at four-year schools.
Food insecurity is more prevalent among students of color. Fully 57 percent of Black or African American students reported food insecurity, compared to 40 percent of non-Hispanic white students.
More than half of all first-generation students (56 percent) were food insecure, compared to 45 percent of students who had at least one parent who attended college.
Established in October 2001, the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights is a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for citizens of every walk of life to learn the important principles that underlie nonviolent advocacy.
Housed on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, the Institute offers a forum for dialogue and a laboratory for the analysis of issues related to a variety of social inequities: human rights, workers’ rights, election reform, voting rights, anti-poverty measures, economic justice, environmental justice, racism and sexism.
As the world started to feel the full weight of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, Rev. Lowery passed away on March 27 from natural causes.
He is remembered as a Civil Rights leader who contributed greatly to the advancement of Black Americans.