You can’t find a better cause than feeding hungry people so I’m pleased to help spread the word that two food drives are planned for the first week of April — one through the KSU School of Public Health and the other through Kent & Ravenna Mayor’s challenge.
Take a minute to read the press release below and remember to mark your calendars for the first week of April.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Name: Carissa Bowlin
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing the Kent State University College of Public Health Second Annual Food Drive
KENT, OHIO – FEBUARY 28, 2013 –Kent State University College of Public Health is pleased to announce its second annual food drive to benefit Kent Social Service’s food pantry (The Lord’s Pantry).
“We are thrilled to once again be able to offer the community an opportunity to give back,” expressed Dr. Sonia Alemango, Kent State University’s Dean of the College of Public Health. ”We welcome the opportunity to contribute in our own backyard.”
Donations will be collected through a community “bag drop” being planned by graduate students from Kent State University’s College of Public Health. The food drive is organized by graduate students enrolled in Public Health Programs: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (HPM 53007), taught by College of Public Health Assistant Professor Deric Kenne, Ph.D. “Students participating in the course get a real-world, hands-on experience in planning, implementing and evaluating a public health program,” says Kenne. “At the same time, students are able to contribute to the community.”
The project hopes to add to last year’s success that resulted in more than 4,000 food and personal care item donations—the food pantry’s largest one-time donation.
Kent State University students and volunteers will be making rounds through many areas of the Kent community to distribute paper bags donated from the ACME grocery store in Franklin Township on Tuesday April 2nd. Residents who receive a bag are asked to donate any non-perishable food and personal care items they can.
Students and volunteers will return to the same areas of Kent on Saturday April 6th at 10am to collect the bags of donated goods and deliver them to the food pantry. Residents who receive a donation bag are asked to leave their bag of donated items in front of their home in a location visible from the street. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
For residents who do not receive a bag, but would still like to contribute, donations may be taken directly to Kent Social Services at 1066 S. Water Street during the Kent & Ravenna Mayor’s Challenge Hunger campaign also occurring Saturday, April 6, 2013.
“Last spring the food drive was supported by the city, the media, and other community members.” Says Kenne. “We want to build on those relationships this year to further raise awareness of the project and the need it helps to fill in the community.”