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Hidden Heroes: Feed Maroon makes it their mission to feed students

Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 20:01:50-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Though some Texas A&M students never returned back to campus once courses went strictly online, a good amount are still in College Station.

For most college students, a free meal goes a long.

A few A&M alums are making sure fellow Aggies don't go hungry through a new program called Feed Maroon.

“Through a mutual colleague i was tagged in post with Brian Hall at Friday Harbours and he had just within 30 minutes before put out an ad that said ‘hey guys I’ve been at the George Hotel on business. I’ve decided that i really want to see if we can feed 10 Aggies for 10 days,” explains Austin Fanning, Co-founder of Feed Maroon.

From 10 Aggies for 10 days, to 30 Aggies for 30 days, Fanning and Feed Maroon has made it their mission to feed students quality home cooked meals for the remainder of the school year

"Each student is going to school for a $100,000 educations, you’re not going to put low grade corn fuel in a Ferrari, that's how we look at our students,” says Fanning.

Through private donations and a Go Fund Me page they have been able to do just that, relieving the stress for many students, such as Freshman Derek Leonard, as to where their next meal will come from.

“Definitely the first thing I thought of because once they closed the dining halls I had no idea how I was going to eat," explains Leonard.

Fanning says that is what Feed Maroon is all about.

"So, if we could just elevate that with one item food wise that was you know kind of home feeling and nutritious that’s what we wanted."

On Friday, Feed Maroon handed out 420 meals to students to get them through the weekend.

"Having someone go this far to do so much for so many people has been really helpful,” says Leonard

Feed Maroon has made it its mission to continue feeding students until the end of the semester on April 28th.

In addition, they are looking to add one more week to help students get through finals if they are able to get more donations to help with the cost of meals.