The holiday season is here, and the spirit of giving is in the air.
Various Student organizations will host an upcoming food drive event set to run daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily in the Student Union cafeteria Nov. 18-20. Hosts include the Golden Key International Honour Society, Tau Kappa Epsilon and the Black Student Union.
Business student Xavier Mason, who is a main coordinator of the event, said food and clothing donations will be accepted from students and the community. Those who donate five pounds of food will receive a prize.
Golden Key President Michael Holmes said donations will also be accepted at the Gorsuch Commons during the same dates and times.
“Students always have items they no longer use. Why not donate them?” Holmes said.
Mason said collected donations will go toward various organizations such as the Children’s Lunchbox, the Salvation Army and the Alaska Food Bank.
“It’s always amazing to see UAA students heading events that benefit the community,” said Bean’s Cafe event coordinator Rebecca Simcox about the event.
The Children’s Lunchbox is a Bean’s Cafe program dedicated to feeding elementary-age children who live in poverty.
According to the Children’s Lunchbox’s website, “in 2012 the Anchorage School District collected income data which showed that over 18,000 of our students right here in Anchorage are living in poverty. They are at risk of not having access to enough healthy food.”
Black Student Union President Ashleigh Gaines said the BSU jumped at the chance to get involved to continue their community-wide involvement.
Mason said a “pizza feed” demonstration will be held Nov. 19 during the food drive. Volunteers are invited to participate. The demonstration will include a group of students that receives pizza while a certain percentage does not. The group that does not get to eat represents the percentage of starving children in Anchorage.
Mason assured that at the end of the demonstration, everyone will eat pizza.
Other demonstrations are planned. Mason said a DJ from KRUA 88.1 FM will also provide music during Tuesday’s event.
Those who have questions or want to get involved can email Mason at [email protected] or call him at 907-310-0319.