Helping Hands Across America Kicks Off

October 27, 2009

Rollins kicked off the 2009 Helping Hands Across America drive on Thursday, October 22 in the Cornell Campus Center. 

“Every day, 350,000 people in Central Florida alone are at risk of going hungry,” Sasha Hausman from Second Harvest Food Bank told Rollins’ students, faculty and staff.  “Hunger is a solvable problem.”

Until November 12, collection boxes will be set up around campus. Every can collected and every dollar raised though the drive will benefit Central Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

In addition to helping collect needed food items, efforts to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness will take place in and outside of the classroom.

Faculty members from across campus are using the food drive as a way to educate students on the issues of hunger and poverty in our community. Assistant Professor of Political Science Dan Chong, Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies Denise Cummings, Associate Professor of Modern Languages Gabriel Barreneche, and Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance Jennifer Cavenaugh have identified ways to get students actively engaged in the collection and educational mission of the drive that links to their course curriculum. Offices across campus in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Evening Program and the Crummer Graduate School of Business have also taken a leadership role in the effort, including Athletics, Community Engagement, Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Student Government Associations of both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Evening Program.

HelpingHelping Hands Across America is a nationwide canned goods drive sponsored annually by Sodexo, Rollins’ dining services provider. More than 1,000 Sodexo accounts throughout the country will be working together to collect donations in their area as part of a monumental effort to provide relief to those in need during these challenging economic times.

 Sodexo aims to replace last year’s Guinness World Record-breaking drive statistics as the Largest Food Drive by a non-charitable organization over multiple locations in a 24-hour period with a new record on November 12, 2009. In light of last year’s overwhelming success, Rollins has been challenged to raise its contribution from 3,777 pounds to 10,000 pounds of canned goods.

Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank.  Students, faculty, staff and friends of the College may donate items or contribute money, which will be used to buy food at wholesale cost.  Flex Card donations may be made at any dining services location or contribute online.

- Kristin Schendel (Class of 2010) contributed to this story.

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