For the 13th year, Quinnipiac University asked students to “Be kind! Leave your food behind!”
Vincent Contrucci, director of community service at Quinnipiac, said the students were happy to donate their nonperishable food and extra meal plan points before leaving for the summer. University staff placed collection boxes in residence halls on the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses for the food drive.
The four tons of food was donated to Columbus House Inc. of New Haven, the Hamden Food Bank, Master’s Manna of Wallingford, the New Haven Pride Center and New Reach of New Haven.
In addition, Columbus House and the Hamden Food Bank received funds from Tap Out Hunger, an initiative among the Office of Community Service, the Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Council and Chartwells dining services. Through Tap Out Hunger, students donated almost $24,000 in unused meal points that nonprofit partners can use to order bulk food items via Chartwells for their programs.
“Our students showed their generosity and care and concern for our community by enthusiastically engaging in two initiatives that work to address food insecurity in our communities,” Contrucci said.
“The New Haven Pride Center shared that the donations from ‘Be Kind’ arrived just as their food pantry stock was nearly depleted and provided snacks to attendees at their LGBTQ Youth Conference.”