Food Drive to Combat Local Hunger
faculty, and staff at Smith are invited to donate food
and/or funds to support during the next two weeks and help feed more than 100,000
people in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties.
From Monday, September 24, to
Thursday, September 27, students are
participating in a “Penny Wars” fund drive, collecting
coins in the campus center as part of a competition to see
which residential area on campus can raise the most pennies. Points
will be given based on the type of coins or paper money collected
in each jar, and students can “sabotage” other
residential areas’ jars to tilt the competition in
their favor. One hundred percent of the money
raised will benefit The Food Bank’s mission to reduce
hunger and increase food security in western Massachusetts.
The following week, October 1-5, students, faculty and staff will hold
a campus-wide food drive to help fight the solvable problem of hunger. Everyone
on campus is encouraged to contribute non-perishable goods, such as peanut butter
and jelly, spaghetti, canned soup, tuna, cereal, canned beans and rice to receptacles
placed in the Campus Center office, in campus residences and other locations.
All the items collected will be donated to The Food Bank. The food
will then be distributed to Food Bank member agencies around the region.
Bank provides food to more than 400 member agencies, including
food pantries, meal sites and shelters, which in turn feed
low-income families, children, elders, and adults who are
hungry or at risk of hunger. About
one in 10 people in western Massachusetts suffers from chronic
hunger, and The Food Bank, through its member agencies, provides
about 6 million pounds of food annually to those in need
of food assistance. Smith College is working with The
Food Bank to raise awareness on campus about hunger in our
Excerpted from a Food Bank of Western Massachusetts press