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A-State students use flex dollars to help people in need this holiday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A-State students can now use their left over flex dollars to help feed people this holiday season.

Senior Morgan Tripod and her roommate started "Flex It Forward" this past spring.

The idea is for students to purchase food at the campus store with leftover flex dollars and then donate the food to those in need.

“I think college students take for granted the fact that we even get to go to college," Tripod said. "But there are ways, even though we may not have that much money or time, that we can give back to the community.”

Tripod said the idea is growing and with the help of the Pre-Professional Club this semester, she has been able to get the word out to more students.

“It is kind of hard a single person to get the news out there that you started something. So with close to 100 members we thought it would be a great way to spread the news and get more students involved,” said Pre-Professional Club President Molly Tibbs.

Tripod spoke to the club during a past meeting and has sent emails to members asking for them to participate.

A flier was even created to let students know about "Flex It Forward" and how they can help.

So far, Tripod said she has about $3,000 in food donations, which will go to the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank this semester.

Tripod hopes the program will continue to grow so they can serve even more people in the future.

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