Friday, April 29, 2011

Vol State Collects Boxes and Boxes of Food for Food Bank

This may look like stacks of boxed paper, but it’s really boxes filled with food. The Staff Council delivered 24 boxes like this to the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency in Sumner County yesterday. It was the result of a week-long food drive held on the Volunteer State Community College campus in Gallatin. Departments competed for a pizza party with Business and Finance winning with a contribution of 171 food items. Financial Aid finished second with 120 items and Institutional Effectiveness third with 84 items.

MCCAA’s Linda Fuqua said that the food was a blessing since the food bank would have closed with bare shelves. The organization provides non-perishable food items to eligible people and families through a collaboration and partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Emergency Food Assistance Program; teaches proper nutrition and helps participants make wise decisions with their food stamps; and helps people reduce grocery expenses by teaching them how to grow gardens.

Penny Tucker started the first food drive three years ago, and it has continued to grow. Last year the Staff Council donated over 1600 pounds of food to help local families in need.

The Livingston campus held a separate food drive, collecting food for families on the Upper Cumberland.

1 comment:

Holly Nimmo said...

We delivered three more paper boxes full of food to MCCAA yesterday.
Thanks to the employees at Volunteer State Community College for all of the donations! Your generosity is appreciated.