Thanksgiving Food Drive
The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive began in 2003 by students Pete Cataldo and Vinnie DiDonna. Wanting to give something back to the local community that had served them while they were at The University of Scranton, they raised money by soliciting donations from fellow students and purchasing food to provide dinners for 50 families associated with the Feed a Friend Program of United Neighborhood Centers.
The Center for Service & Social Justice conducts an annual drive for monetary donations from students, staff, and faculty in conjunction with the Royal Fund office. All monetary donations are tax deductable. Each year the number of meals provided has grown, now reaching 200. Food is then purchased from local suppliers, supporting our local economy. In 2014, The Center for Service & Social Justice worked in conjunction with Friends of the Poor, providing meals to families residing at Valley View Terrace in Scranton and families who receive services from The Leahy Family Center, University of Scranton. Food was delivered directly to Valley View Terrace, where staff, faculty and student volunteers assembled bags for the families and helped transport the meals to their apartments in the complex.
Volunteers assembled more than200 Thanksgiving food baskets in 2014.
Pictured are University student Kaitlyn Davis of South Abington Township, Criminal Justice Professor Harry Dammer, Ph.D., and Ellen Judge, from the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice.