Graduate Student Secures $10,000 for Food Pantry

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Desmond Webster

After earning his undergraduate degree from Rice University, Desmond Webster spent six years in the U.S. Navy. He is currently a student in Dartmouth’s MALS program, with a concentration in creative writing. (Photo by Zach Williams)

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This October, Desmond Webster, a student in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and a U.S. Navy Veteran, helped secure a $10,000 donation for the Claremont Food Pantry in Claremont, N.H. The donation will help to buoy the Pantry through the winter months, as demand for its services rises with the costs of heating bills and holiday spending.

Webster is a member of the Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association (DGVA), a group that’s been sponsoring an ongoing food drive for the Pantry. The DGVA has brought graduate veterans together, to foster a sense of community and to reach out to the larger community, through projects like the food drive and volunteer efforts with the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, Vt. and Orion’s House in Newport, N.H.

“I’ve been so impressed by the members of the graduate community who have already helped out,” Webster says. “Everyone’s been so giving with their time and with donations—once people know what’s going on, they go out of their way to help.”