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 sixth 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 from March 1st until April 3rd. 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 2017 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.
New this year, Alumni Club Members are invited to participate in a day of volunteering at Second Harvest. On Tuesday, March 7th, 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.
“The challenge was created as a way for Purdue Club members to serve their communities and we wanted to take it beyond a typical food drive. Other alumni groups or individual graduates are always invited to join us – the more the merrier – and the biggest winner in the Challenge is always Second Harvest,” said Purdue Alumni Club President, Joan Christopher.
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. During its five-year tenure, the Alumni Club Challenge has raised the equivalent of 69,320 meals for those in need in the Lehigh Valley.
“How fitting it is for the alumni from these outstanding institutions to compete against each other selflessly with the goal of helping others. We cheer them on in their fight to help us to end hunger and thank them for their school spirit. This will be a contest where everyone is a winner,” said Briana McGonagle, Development Coordinator at Second Harvest.
Contact Second Harvest at 484-287-4015 for more information about the Alumni Club Food Drive Challenge.