Donate food, supplies for storm relief and for the hungry in the Roanoke Valley

by rcnewsblog on November 13, 2012

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Food collected so far for Micah’s Backpack.

The Roanoke College community is joining together this semester to help not only people in our area, but also those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Friday Feeding Frenzy is an idea that originated from several students who work in Roanoke’s Office of Community Service. They are Haley Toresdahl, Andrew Dittmar, Rebecca Ellis and Charla Hensley.

Every Friday until Dec. 15 at least one of these students will be outside of Sutton Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting food donations. For a list of accepted items see the website, www.roanoke.edu/food.

These donations will go to two local organizations, the Salem Food Pantry and Micah’s Backpack. Micah’s Backpack provides food during the weekend for elementary school students in Salem who are on a federal free or reduced lunch program.

The Friday Feeding Frenzy is not only about collecting food donations. The goal is also to consistently raise awareness about the issue of hunger.

“It’s about something bigger than just Roanoke College” says Toresdahl.

This sentiment is also true for the Super Storm Sandy Relief program, which is aimed at sending supplies to Hoboken, N.J., for the people whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in late October.

These are the storm relief supplies that can be dropped off at the College’s Chaplain’s Office through Nov 19:

  • Gloves, Hats, & Scarves
  • Men’s clothing: jeans, coats, & sweatshirts
  • Socks
  • Blankets
  • Wash cloths
  • Towels
  • Soap
  • Cups
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Non-perishable food items

Both of these programs offer a wonderful opportunity for the College community to help others and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

–By Kayla Fuller ’14

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