By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 31, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Students at Valdosta State University spent the day filling boxes to fill stomachs.
On Wednesday, VSU's African-American Male Initiative packed meal boxes at Second Harvest of South Georgia.
African-American Male Initiative is a statewide program through the Georgia University System which aims to encourage African-American males to pursue higher education and put academics first in order to succeed.
Organizers said giving back with events like this help instill leadership in its members.
"Actions speak louder than words," said Project Director Derrick Carter. "In order to give back and in order to be that leader, you first have to show that you're actually being first, partaker of what you're trying to promote. Really showing them that hey, it takes more than just sitting in a classroom, getting good grades."
Organizers said the meals will help Second Harvest serve communities affected by Hurricane Michael.
African-American Male Initiative at VSU began about three years ago. Right now, there are close to 40 members, but organizers hope it continues to grow.