ECSU’s Military and Veterans Affair Center director, Tim Freeman, left, announced the opening of a food pantry located in the facility’s Griffin Hall office. The pantry will assist members of the Coast Guard effected by the current partial government shutdown. ECSU alumni and Elizabeth City businessman, Billy Joe Reid, center, donated $1,000 to the pantry. Joining Freeman and Reid is Veterans Affairs representative Jamal Blyther.

Elizabeth City State University is looking out for its partners in the U.S. Coast Guard with the opening of a food pantry inside the campus’s Military and Veterans Affairs Center.

According to the ECSU director of Military and Veterans Office, Tim Freeman, the men and women of the Coast Guard have a place on campus to receive food assistance during the partial government shutdown. During the shutdown, Coast Guard members were working without pay and community organizations such as ECSU stepped up to the plate to assist them.

“We’re going to have the food pantry open to the military every day,” said Freeman.

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Originally published Jan. 25, 2019.

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