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Helping Hands and Meal Plans begins collecting donations

Wed, December 02, 2015

The Oklahoma State University Freshman Representative Council (FRC) is hosting its Helping Hands and Meal Plans program through the rest of the semester. 

The council is the freshman branch of the Student Government Association. The top 50 applicants are selected to represent the freshman class. A few years ago, FRC started Helping Hands and Meal Plans. 

Helping Hands and Meal Plans allows students to use their excess meal plan to purchase nonperishable goods and donate them to the Stillwater area American Red Cross or Salvation Army. 

Emily Sanderlin, a former FRC member and co-coordinator of the program, says Helping Hands and Meal Plans came after FRC leaders saw how it could positively affect Stillwater. 

“We saw a need for the leftover meal plan that people have at the end of the semester,” Sanderlin said. “Things start winding down and you still have $700 left, but you don’t exactly know what to do with it beside go to Ranchers Club. So we sit outside 20 Something and encourage those to spend their meal plan on those who are less fortunate.” 

At the end of the 2014 Fall semester, Helping Hands and Meal Plans donated $15,000 worth of nonperishable goods to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. FRC hopes students continue to participate. 

“We hope students see that there’s always something you can do for other people, not only on our campus, but in our Stillwater community. It gives students perspective. We’re blessed in all we have right here, but we also need to consider those who are less fortunate than us,” Sanderlin said. 

The Helping Hands and Meal Plans table will be set up outside 20 Something from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 11. 

For more information about how to donate, contact Emily Sanderlin at

Story by Catherine Wilson