ACU freshmen to conduct food drive throughout Abilene

For immediate release
August 16, 2001

More than 1,400 Abilene Christian University students - including more than 1,200 new students - will learn by doing Aug. 21 when they canvas the city to collect nonperishable foods for the Food Bank of Abilene.

This giant "Feed the Hungry" community service project is part of Welcome Week, Aug. 21-26, which is an annual time for freshmen and transfer students to bond with each other and to prepare for the academic year. Classes begin at ACU Aug. 27.

Jodi Houston, Food Bank director, is working closely with ACU's Nancy Coburn, director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. They hope the students are able to collect thousands of pounds of food - but that will require the community's help.

"We are so pleased that ACU students will partner with the Food Bank to feed the hungry in this area," Houston said. "This is an opportunity for families to search through their pantries or to buy a little extra at the grocery store to give to people in need. For the year 2000, the pantries that received goods from the Food Bank of Abilene served 51,648 families and other feeding programs served 1,080,793 meals and snacks. There is a real need."

Students will visit neighborhoods across Abilene Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 1-4 p.m. to collect food. If families want to ensure the students come by, they can call the ACU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at 674-2932.

Houston said the pantry has frequent requests for peanut butter, canned meats, rice, pinto beans, flour and sugar, but all nonperishable foods are welcome.

Individuals also may contribute financially to the "Feed the Hungry" student campaign. Houston said the Food Bank has tremendous buying power, and she can purchase 10 pounds of food for every $1 collected.

"I think this project will give our incoming students a bonding experience, an opportunity to truly impact those in need in their new community, and a sense of pride for what they will accomplish together," Coburn said.


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