Support the Presidential Inauguration Campus Food Drive!
From March 28 to April 17, you can help fight hunger in Chester County by donating a shelf-stable food product to the Campus Food Drive.
The Campus Food Drive is being held to mark the April 21st inauguration of Dr. Christopher M. Fiorentino as the 15th president of West Chester University. The food drive co-chair is Diana Fiorentino, '14, a registered dietitian and the daughter of Chris and Sue Fiorentino.
The Fiorentino family is teaming up with WCU staff and faculty members, community partners, and student volunteers for this campus-wide effort, which benefits both the Chester County Food Bank and the WCU Resource Pantry. The new Resource Pantry is designed to help WCU students and ensure their success by providing them with essential items, including food, hygiene products, school supplies and clothing.
More than 1,100 pounds of food were collected on April 2 at the West Chester ShopRite to benefit the Campus Food Drive.
Look for the bright yellow #BringaCantoCampus donation bins at locations across campus, including Sykes Student Union, Anderson Hall, the Student Recreation Center and the Sturzebecker Health Science Center.
An additional bin will be located at the district office of State Representative Carolyn Comitta, 21 West Washington St., Suite A, in West Chester. Members of the local community are encouraged to drop off food at this location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
This food drive responds to critical campus and community needs. The University enrolls nearly 30 students who are classified as homeless by the federal government. Countywide, 10 percent of area residents grapple with food insecurity and don't have consistent access to adequate nutritious food.
"Hunger relief has been a lifelong passion of mine," says Diana Fiorentino. "I have fond childhood memories of my parents helping me to organize a neighborhood canned food drive for our community, a lemonade sale to raise money for a local organization that provides hot lunches for those in need, and a bake sale to raise money to help fight childhood hunger."
"Now as a registered dietitian and proud WCU alumna, I feel honored to co-chair a committee that is actively working to provide hunger relief for our community."
For more information, or to get involved, contact food drive co-chair Margo McDonough.
The Chester County Food Bank and WCU Resource Pantry welcome all donations. They especially appreciate "healthier choices," such as whole-wheat pasta, fruit packed in its own juice, canned salmon or tuna fish, and peanut butter. For more information on ideal foods to donate (and perhaps incorporate more often into your own diet) see this infographic created by registered dietitian Diana Fiorentino.