Students donate 261 meals to feed needy on Christmas
December 16, 2009
Corban students partnered with ARAMARK Campus Dining to raise money to purchase 261 meals for Salem locals who will be eating Christmas Day dinner at the Union Gospel Mission.
Students were encouraged to purchase $3.00 “Value Meals.” Each Value Meal donation will be used to purchase and prepare a Christmas meal. Besides cash and check donations, students were allowed to donate left-over “Warrior Dollars,” which are on-campus meal plan dollars, redeemable at the dining hall and coffee shop.
The idea for the food drive originated with Tamra Taylor, Corban’s Director of Food Service. “I’d been thinking about ways Corban students and ARAMARK could involve themselves in the community,” she said. “With the resources we have on hand, it made sense to donate meals to those who really need them.”
With the donations collected, Taylor will transfer the cash donations directly to the UGM. She will use the purchasing power of the donated Warrior Dollars to order supplies from a grocery list provided by the UGM. Items requested included more ham, rolls, fruit cocktail, and pies. Taylor will then transport these supplies to the UGM, where they will be prepared for the locals eating there on Christmas Day.
The student response to the food drive initiative was overwhelming. Students donated over $700 during the week-long drive.
“I loved the idea of giving my Warrior Dollars to someone who doesn’t have anywhere to go on Christmas,” said senior Kelsey Shields.
By Rachel Brown, ARAMARK Marketing Intern
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