Johnson College students are once again doing what they can to feed those in need this Thanksgiving. Lynn Krushinski of Johnson College says, “Students have been collecting food on campus for United Neighborhood Centers for more than 30 years.”
New for 2013, Johnson College partnered with WNEP-TV’s Feed-a-Friend and kicked off the event with Ryan Leckey live on campus. The response this year was overwhelming because bigger collection boxes were used that accumulated more donations. “Every box on campus was filled to the top,” says Tim Robinson, Marketing Manager, “Not just light boxes of stuffing, but nearly a ton of very heavy canned goods. We had to divide them into smaller boxes so they could be carried.”
A pick-up truck with overflowing boxes was loaded up at the College on Monday and delivered to United Neighborhood Centers in Scranton, a collection point for WNEP-TV’s Feed-a-Friend in Lackawanna County.
The contributed donations come at a time of high unemployment rates and greater demand on area food banks. “People are starving,” says Johnson College student Brian Kavanaugh who is a member of the College’s “Social Force” club that helped organize and manage the event. He adds, “It’s great to know we had such a strong outpouring of generosity from our students who we know are having trouble making ends meet themselves. We know a few fellow classmates that are on the receiving end of these donations. We’re just happy we can help.”