Hungry for alliance

GSA creates new meal kit program to those in need

The gay-straight alliance club recently organized a meal kit program for food-insecure LISD families. Donations are collected in the box outside of E114 for those who want to support the cause.

The program allows families the ability to cook provided meals following a recipe, which will be given out after signing up. There are no limitations on who can sign up for these bags as GSA wants the community to get involved with the meal kits and hopes to make this an all-year program.

“Every person can give back to their community,” GSA adviser Amber Counts said. “Those without money to share can share time and skills. Those without time, can find community sponsors or contribute to the cause. Each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others.”

After deliberation of the program last year, GSA put plans into motion this semester and got to work on graphics, sponsorships and team effort within the club.

“We’re really proud of what we are doing,” GSA president Sanaa Smith said. “We hope people will help us donate and help us hand out bags to people who sign up. We want to give everyone a chance to participate.”

Gay-straight alliance was created to promote inclusivity among students and help those who need a place to express themselves freely. Senior Jalen Tyner came across the club from Counts’s recommendation and found a place for himself to go every week.

“Don’t be scared because everyone in [GSA] is really nice,” Tyner said. “No one’s that judgmental at our school, so if you think people care, not many people do. I say just go ahead and join, give it a try, and if it’s for you, it’s for you and if it’s not, it’s not.”