Columbia Southern University Donates to Feeding the Gulf Coast

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Online university presents $3,740 to help feed 30 schoolchildren via nonprofit organization's backpack program

Eugenie Sellier, far left, of Feeding the Gulf Coast, accepts a check donation from Sir Maximus, Vicki Barnes, Sonya Lavett and Amanda Crinks of Columbia Southern University.

In its latest community outreach effort, Columbia Southern University (CSU) donated $3,740 to Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly known as Bay Area Food Bank, in support of its backpack program.

The donation effort, led and presented by CSU Director of Community Outreach Vicki Barnes, will help feed about 30 students for an entire school year. CSU has donated a total of $9,740 to the backpack program since 2014. The funding will support children at Foley Intermediate, Gulf Shores Middle, and Bay Minette Elementary schools.

"The most recent generous donation from Columbia Southern University will allow the backpack program to feed additional children in Baldwin County. Thirty children will now be able to receive backpacks of food that will keep them from being hungry on the weekends," said Eugenie Sellier, child nutrition coordinator.

The backpack groceries include two snacks, two breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

“This charity program has a special place in our hearts, said Barnes, “CSU supports this valuable cause to help area families struggling to feed their children. A good meal can really help a child focus on homework, textbooks and grades. We encourage all to donate to this wonderful effort.”

To learn more about Feeding the Gulf Coast, visit

Established in 1993, CSU was created to help individuals with hectic work and family commitments pursue their educational dreams. CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields including criminal justice, occupational safety and health and human resource management.

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