Thanksgiving Feed a Family Program
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.
Campus Ministries' 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. On-line donations can be directed to https://www.scranton.edu/advancement/form/index.shtml by selecting OTHER and writing in Thanksgiving Feed a Family Drive. Checks made payable to "The University of Scranton" can be sent to The University of Scranton, Campus Ministries' Center for Service & Social Justice, DeNaples 205B, Scranton PA 18510.
Volunteering for the Event
Each year the number of meals provided has grown, now reaching 225. Food is then purchased from local suppliers, supporting our local economy. In 2016, Campus Ministries' Center for Service & Social Justice worked in conjunction with Friends of the Poor, providing meals to families residing at Valley View Terrace in 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. Registration to volunteer for the event opens in early November on Royal Sync.
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