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Freshman Food Drive Benefits Homeless Community


courtesy of Laura Rodriguez
Gus Reynolds '01 and Laura M. Rodriguez '01, members of the Undergraduate AssociationUs freshman community service committee delivered $1,300 in donated canned goods to the Caspar Emergency Service Center on Thanksgiving.

By Krista L. Niece
Staff Reporter

The Undergraduate Association's new freshman community service committee collected $1,300 in canned goods during their Thanksgiving food drive this November.

The cans were donated to the Caspar Emergency Service Center, a Cambridge center dedicated to feeding the homeless and the hungry.

The cans placed in the food drive's drop-off boxes in the Student Center and dormitories were delivered to the shelter on Thanksgiving morning.

Donations from Laverde's Market and Networks added to the student-donated supply. The Laverde's donation took the form of canned goods, while Networks contributed in cash.

Freshman group hails program

The event was a major accomplishment for the new seven-member freshman community service committee, said Laura M. Rodriguez '01, class secretary and the committee's chair.

The group both conceived of the idea and was responsible for handling the logistics. "We were able to work [the food drive] out ourselves," Rodriguez said. The group organized the event and delivered the canned goods.

Other committee members included Lisa Dang '01, Philip Osafo '01, Michael Rodriguez '01, Justin Lin '01, and GregReynolds '01.

The food drive was organized in only five days. The drive itself took place over a week and a half, ending on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

Collection boxes were placed in front of Laverde's and in several of the living groups around campus.

The committee received funds for their publicity from both the Public Service Center and Copy Tech.

The committee isn't sure whether it will sponsor a food drive again next year. "There is going to be a food drive next year," Lin said, "but [another organization] may organize it."

The food drive was "pretty successful," Rodriguez said. She hoped that the effort lived up to the publicity slogan written on the advertising posters:"Give them a reason to be thankful."