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.
After graduating, The Center for Service & Social Justice began an annual drive for monetary donations from students, staff, and faculty. 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 receives 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.
2011 Thanksgiving Food Drive, Sunday November 20
Pat Vaccaro, Director and Joe Wilkerson, ROTC