Refugees help hungry neighbors in North Dakota: 'My family used to be in that same exact boat'

About 14.9 percent of the population in Fargo lives under the poverty line.

— -- Students in Fargo, North Dakota have started a food pantry and delivery service to help their community, and for some of the teens who came to the U.S. as refugees, this kind of community service is personal.

Approximately 14.9 percent of the population in Fargo lives under the poverty line, nearly mirroring the national average, according to 2016 census data. A group of students is working to help people in need while gaining skills for life after graduation.

"It was started by the kids and it is run by the kids," Dehne told ABC News.

In addition to helping others, the program has changed the lives of the students who participate in it, according to its acting president, Peter Santial. Santial said he graduated from college and returned to lead the program after participating in it himself.

"We are really blessed to be giving back," Santial said of the food pantry operation. "A lot of these kids are so happy to provide to the community, you can tell."

Santial said he was born in the U.S. after his parents fled Haiti.

"There's a misconception that the only people that are going hungry are homeless," he said.

Modi said her family has sometimes struggled with food insecurity even though they have a home.

"Sometimes my mom would make food, and that’s the only thing she would make for the week and that’s what we would eat," said Modi, who is one of six children.

Dehne said the food pantry program focuses on providing people with protein like beef and chicken, but every week, they offer different foods to their patrons by teaming up with a local food bank.

This past week for Thanksgiving, the students were able to hand out turkeys and other holiday foods to their community, said Santial.

"It makes me so happy," said Modi. "I will never forget where I came from, so whatever I can do to give back, that's the best thing I can do."