September 29, 2011
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Sara Lynn McCall Graduate Assistant, Office of Communications

Women's and Gender Studies Holds Food and Clothing Drive forMigrant Workers

VALDOSTA -- VSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program is holding a yearlong food and clothing drive to benefit the migrant farm worker population in Echols County.

“As feminist activist scholars, we get involved in social justice issues such as immigration reform, fair wages, etc.,” Tracy Woodard Meyers, WGST program director, said. “We have been signing petitions and going to demonstrations to try and effect fair wages for this population and to protest the newly signed Georgia immigration legislation. In the meantime, we try and help meet the basic needs of the farm workers.”

For several years, members of the WGST program have been organizing food, clothing and blanket drives along with volunteering their time at the Migrant Farm Worker’s Clinic. They are currently in need of new or gently used clothing and blankets, especially small men’s clothing and shoes. They are also in need of food, specifically black beans, cooking oil, sugar, white rice and corn flour.

Donated items can be brought to Carswell Hall. For more information or to get involved, contact Meyers at tmeyers@valdosta.edu.