Holiday flair is in the air! As we approach the Thanksgiving and winter holiday season, we often daydream of bountiful meals with family and friends, good tidings and cheer. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the fixings shared with those nearest and dearest to us! However, many families living in the Southern Tier go day-to-day wondering when their next meal will be, let alone such a feast for the eyes. In a world where a meal is not guaranteed, the holiday season for many communities is a little less cheerful.
As we grow closer to Thanksgiving and Winter Break, you might be clearing your dorm rooms and pantries of extra foods that will go to waste while you're home on break. Instead of throwing out all of that perfectly good food, hat if we could divert all of that wasted food to those in need in our local community? Together, we can help fight hunger and waste this holiday season!
Today marks the beginning of our “Season’s Eatings!” Food and Fund Drive. From now until December 17th, IC Dining Services in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items. Donation bins will be located at IC Square, the Business School Café, Sub Connection, and Terrace Dining Hall. Look our for our "Season's Eatings!" poster and a bin marked with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's logo.
We are looking for the following donations this holiday season:
- Canned foods such as soup, fruits, and vegetable
- Canned tuna/chicken
- Boxed grains (rice, pasta, cornmeal, oatmeal, cereal)
- Apple sauce, fruit cups, and fruit cocktail
- Nut products (peanut butter, trail mix, granola)
- Shelf-stable dairy (milk, pudding)
- Healthy drinks such as bottled water and fruit juice
For food safety reasons, we kindly ask that you do not drop off fresh produce or homemade goods!
Join us on December 3rd, 8th, and 10th from 11:30 – 2:30PM in IC Square to learn more about the Food Bank and Dining Service’s dedication to promoting food sustainability and feeding our neighbors in need. You may also have a chance to enter our drawing for a Fitbit, so join us in supporting our mission for a more sustainable, food-secure future.
Marissa and Zack