Students, marketplace compete to feed hungry

By Lia Ferrante
November 30, 2011

On campus, the Marketplace partnered with the Wolfington Center and the Students in Free Enterprise  (SIFE) to challenge the campus community to raise 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for this year’s food drive for the upcoming holiday season.

This year’s winners for the food drive were the faculty and staff who collected 134.25 pounds of non-perishable food items. They received a Helping Hands trophy for their accomplishment. The goal for the entire food drive was 1553.75 pounds.

Making a difference during the holiday season allows students to make an impact on other people’s lives.

“We all have the same concerns here as far as hunger is concerned,” Drew Niemann, general manager of dining services said. “We felt that it would be more effective to pool our resources than if we were to work independently. It would also strengthen awareness about the issue.”

All of the food items can be dropped off in any of the collection bins that are located at the Marketplace, Jazzman’s Café or Sandellas.

To make this year different from past years, the Marketplace provided a friendly competition to the mix. There are now groups that are competing against each other to see which ones would collect the most food in the end. Offices, faculty, Living and Learning Communities, residence halls and clubs were involved.

Cabrini’s goal of 1,000 pounds of food is the goal for this year’s Helping Hands Across America Canned Food Drive, a company that spans across the country in which all Sodexo accounts take part in during November, was a huge goal that was accomplished by the students and faculty at Cabrini.

“We felt that our partnership would help increase our volume and in addition, it is no secret that more and more people are in need,” Niemann said. “We felt it important to really push ourselves to get this accomplished.”

“I enjoyed every time going into the Marketplace to be able to make a difference by donating at least one can of food for the less fortunate,” Ali May, sophomore finance major, said.

Students should be able to learn a lot from this experience by giving back to their community and feeling good about themselves.

“By being involved in an important thing like this, students are realizing that this is happening right in our back yard,” Niemann said. “The food is being donated in Norristown.”

“Donating  is important for our students to get involved in,” Niemann said.

Julia Reavis, food procurer at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center, accepts a donation from Cabrini College during last year’s food drive.


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