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. Families with children who register with United Neighborhood Center are able to receive a complete Thanksgiving meal of a turkey and all the trimmings. Student and staff volunteers pack and deliver the uncooked meals on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.
2011 Thanksgiving Food Drive, Sunday November 20
Pat Vaccaro, Director and Joe Wilkerson, ROTC