Kirkwood Community College’s Student Life is hosting its annual food drive this year, looking to bring in as much food as possible. After not having a food drive last year, Student Life is eager to see the turnout this year.
The annual food drive is held to, “help out the local community with food insecurities,” according to Student Life Director Seth Vander Tuig.
All students are invited to participate. However, clubs that participate in the food drive could claim victory by bringing in the most items and winning a traveling trophy from Student Life and a monetary donation to their club.
“[Students] can just drop stuff off at the Rec Center. We have a traveling trophy between clubs and organizations for those who can bring in the most donations. Whoever brings the most, gets the trophy for the year and claims victory,” said Vander Tuig.
After not having a food drive last year, the Student Life office is looking to get the show back on the road and hopefully regain some school spirit in the process.
Typically, the food drive averages about 1,500 pounds of food each year. However, according to Vander Tuig, the large amount of food collected is a group effort. “If every student brought one or two things from their pantry or maybe their next trip to the grocery store then that can add up to a lot,” said Vander Tuig. “It’s not just a few students who donate 1,500 pounds of food, it comes from everybody bringing one or two things to make a difference.”
Donations are accepted at the Rec Center. Donations are split between the Kirkwood Food Pantry and the Linn County Food Bank at the conclusion of the food drive.
All non-perishable items, including toiletries and baby supplies, are accepted.
Vander Tuig said they cannot accept opened, badly damaged or dented containers, glass containers, home canned food, expired or perishable items, like fresh fruits or vegetables.
For questions call the Rec Center at 319-398-5596.
Liam is attending Kirkwood to major in Journalism and Mass Communications to transfer to the University of Iowa.