JOASH MENCIAS // NEWS EDITOR
Faculty, students pack nearly 230,000 lbs. of food
Dozens of faculty and students banded together for a campus service project coordinated by Sodexo in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Volunteers gathered outside the cafeteria and packed 230 thousand pounds of food during the event. Most volunteers helped by stripping off labels on pumpkin cans to get them ready for holiday meal packages.
According to Nichole Okapa, a organizer from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, over 30 thousand meal packages will be distributed this holiday season.
Sodexo Manager Lynn Konicek said the idea for the service project was conceived after the college’s Hunger Awareness Day in September. After a couple of weeks organizing with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the campus service event ensued.
Most of the work was finished before the original 5:00 p.m. ending time primarily due to the efforts of the volunteers.
“There’s been a great response and turnout,” Konicek said. “Today’s volunteers feel like they can contribute locally and it’s a great community event.”
Another organizer with the food bank, Tiffany King, reminded why the college’s service project served a purpose.
“One in five people don’t have enough to eat. Today’s event makes sure our hungry neighbors get food and fill up their plates.”