Local members of college and university alumni clubs will compete to collect food and raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania during the seventh annual Food Drive Challenge this spring. Initiated by the Purdue University Alumni Club of the Lehigh Valley, the Challenge is a way for area club members to participate in a little friendly competition, and it’s all for a great cause.
The competition runs throughout the month of March. Participation is simple. Club members simply donate food, make a financial contribution, or volunteer. Each dollar donated equates to nine pounds and each volunteer hour equates to 50 pounds in the competition.
The alumni clubs participating in 2018 include Lehigh Carbon Community College, Notre Dame University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Delaware, University of Scranton, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, and West Point.
Alumni Club Members are invited to participate in a day of volunteering at Second Harvest. On Tuesday, February 27th, interested members will help assemble packages of food for low-income seniors. The team volunteer day will provide a boost in points for participating teams early on in the competition.
For Second Harvest, food and financial donations typically taper following the New Year and into the spring months. However, the need in the community remains steady. The Alumni Club Challenge is a fun way to raise food, funds, and awareness for the organization at a time when many people might not be thinking about charitable giving.
This year’s teams include:
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Northampton Community College
University of Scranton
University of Delaware
Contact Second Harvest at 484-287-4015 for more information about the Alumni Club Food Drive Challenge.