JACKSONVILLE – Thousands of food items will go to support the Jacksonville Food Bank thanks to a food drive held at Illinois College.
Students, faculty and staff collected 2,715 non-perishable food items for the food bank and surpassed the campus-wide goal of 2,450 items. Illinois College’s Math Club also challenged the campus to exceed this goal to the next and nearest Fibonacci number, which was 2,587 in celebration of Fibonacci Day on November 23.
The campus-wide event was a coordinated effort to bring student organizations, faculty and staff together for a common cause.
“A wide variety of students, student groups and classes helped to carry out this event by volunteering, collecting and sorting the donated food to be delivered to the Jacksonville Food Bank. This was a project the entire campus embraced to help end food insecurity in Morgan County,” explains Lori Oldenettel, Director of Community Engagement and Service for Illinois College.
In addition to typical donations, students also made substantial contributions to the food drive through their own activities.
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee and student athletes launched a campus-wide campaign at the end of October by collecting over 1,000 items through door-to-door Trick-or-Treating for canned goods.
This was followed by Alpha Phi Omega collecting over 700 items through its annual Community Food Drive. Residence hall collections totaled over 600 items.
College officials say a food competition also took place between those living in Mundinger Hall and Turner Hall. Mundinger Hall donated 243 items, while Turner Hall came up with 212 items. Other participating included: Gamma Delta (111), Sigma Pi (25), Chi Beta (20), Ellis Hall & Fayerweather (5), Lincoln Hall (46), Gardner Hall (16) and most campus buildings (167).