Joseph Horton, Tennessee Wesleyan College
Joseph Horton, a second year Behavioral Science major at Tennessee Wesleyan College, is an outgoing individual committed to addressing issues of hunger and poverty in his community. He is very passionate about serving individuals in low-income communities and strongly believes that everyone should have regular access to healthy, nutritious food. Since joining the TWC family, he has been actively involved in Tennessee Wesleyan’s Love Thy Neighbor Project, a community food bank and weekend meals program. He helps to “rescue” food from our local grocery store partner that might otherwise be thrown away and distribute these items to community members in need. He also volunteers with the Back Sacks program, which provides local children with bags of nonperishable food items to ensure that they have enough to eat during weekends and holidays while they are not at school. Joseph has a strong sense of community and tries to inspire his peers to get involved in solving local problems.
-Harley Knowles, President
I have a passion for serving my community and especially for combating hunger and food insecurity. One family that goes without food is one family too many. To help address food insecurity concerns in my community, I actively volunteer with the Love Thy Neighbor Project on my campus. This project allows me to help “rescue” food from our local grocery store partner that might otherwise be thrown away and give it to someone struggling with hunger. I also volunteer with the Back Sacks program, which provides local children with bags of nonperishable food items to ensure that they have enough to eat during weekends and holidays while they are not in school. I feel these programs are really important, especially in rural communities like mine. I am very passionate about my volunteer service, and I actively seek ways to get others involved in the fight against hunger. Serving my local community is very important to me, but my long-term goal is to impact the global community by educating others and helping them find innovative ways to combat hunger and poverty issues in their own communities.