Trick or treat for a cause

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Food drive collects donations for new food panty at this college.

By Nicole Bautista

The center for civic engagement has kicked off the holiday season with “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat,” a food donation drive that began Sept 26 and will help students at this college keep meals on the table.

Several departments throughout the campus will be adopting Halloween-themed donation boxes, said Joseph Liedecke, coordinator of civic engagement.

The boxes will be in locations including the women’s empowerment center, the office of student life, the president’s office, early childhood center and in the library.

Liedecke encourages students and staff to “donate, donate, donate” nonperishable foods, such as canned food, cereal, beans, rice and pasta.

On Halloween, some clubs and organizations will dress in costume to begin collecting the boxes of “treats.”

The donations will go to this college’s food pantry that will be opening soon. Operated by the social work department, the food pantry will be located in Room 326 of Chance Academic Center for students.

Coordinator Lisa Black said she is thrilled about the “large and incredible” space that is provided for the food pantry.

“The main goal is to keep students in school, by providing support that they need,” Black said.

The pantry will also serve as a clothes closet starting in spring 2017. Students will then be able to retrieve food and casual campus clothing in Room 326 of Chance.

For information about “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat,” call 210-486-0137.

For information about the food pantry, clothes closet and social work, call 210-486-1103.


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