TROY counseling students donate to Montgomery Area Food Bank

Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—A counseling class at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus is working to make tough times a little easier for families in need by donating more than 900 pounds of food to the local food bank.

Students enrolled in the Community Counseling Services class this semester have collected about 926 pounds of canned goods, baby formula and other products to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

The food drive started in February and ended on March 3. It was conducted in partnership with members of the Alabama Counseling Association Chapter VII.

Dr. Lynn Boyd, assistant professor of counseling and psychology, said she wanted her students to do more than just talk about community counseling, but actually put the principles into action.

“This class goes beyond the traditional one on one approach to counseling and emphasizes reaching out to an entire community,” Boyd said. “I wanted the students to not just talk about it, but to do something and in this economic climate I thought a food drive would be an excellent way to do that.”

The class collected food at stations set up on the Montgomery Campus and spread the word through flyers and emails. Another campus group, the Sigma Sigma Sigma Leadership Club, also contributed a box of food items to the drive.

Boyd said she hopes to continue making community outreach projects an ongoing part of the Community Counseling Services class.

“I’m not sure what form it will take in the future,” she said.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Students in the Community Counseling Services class at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus pose with some of the more than 900 pounds of food products the class collected to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank. The food drive was a way to put in action the students’ lessons on community outreach, said class instructor Dr. Lynn Boyd. (TROY photo)