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Vol State’s Thanksgiving food drive starts this week

By Ariana Fortin

Volunteer State Community College will be hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for students. This food drive will be taking place Monday, Nov. 1 through Nov. 16 at the Wood Campus Center. The donation bags created will be passed out Nov. 19, from 2 – 4 p.m. while supplies last.

Currently, those in charge of the food drive are asking for certain items to be donated. Those items include green beans, mac & cheese, stuffing, corn, cream of mushroom soup, french fried onions, cranberry sauce, and canned pumpkin. The Office of Student Engagement will get any needed items to make sure everyone gets the same items.

“We are asking for specific items so that all of our bags can be uniform and contribute to a Thanksgiving meal,” said Tiffany Zwart, coordinator of student engagement and support. 

Those who are looking to take advantage of the drive can go to the designated drive-through area and receive a bag. These drive-through events take place weekly outside of the Thanksgiving drive.

According to the Vol State website, “The Feed” is always taking donations of non-perishable foods, household items, hygiene products, baby products, and frozen foods. 

The Feed giveaways take place weekly. Students will receive an email concerning the time and location of each week’s giveaway. Students do not need to show proof of need or complete any paperwork to receive a bag of food. However, proof of enrollment is required. 

According to the Campus Event page, students may drop off the Thanksgiving items in room 215 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m- 4:30 p.m. They may also do this during the Well Table set up Nov. 16, from 12 – 2 p.m.

“We never want a stigma to be attached to receiving help. It is rare that anyone could go throughout their life without needing the help of others. We want our students to know we appreciate them and see their struggles,” Zwart said.

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