Gannon University Students Reap a Golden Harvest
Posted: March 31, 2017
Students from Gannon University’s Honors Program, academic
honor societies coordinated the Golden Harvest Food and Toiletries Drive to
benefit six Erie-area food pantries.
An on-campus drive collected packaged food items and
toiletries, followed by a door-to-door effort in an Erie neighborhood. This
is the third year for the food drive in its present form. In 2015, 965 items were donated to local food
pantries. Last year, 3,431 items were collected.
The academic honor societies are Phi Eta Sigma, the nation's
oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university
students, Lambda Sigma, a national honor society
for second-year students and Tri-Beta national biology honor society.
Receiving the donations are the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, and
food pantries at the Erie City Mission, the National Association for Mental
Illness (NAMI), the Salvation Army, the Cathedral of St. Paul Episcopal and St.
Ann Bomberger, director of the Honors Program, said that
said that one in three people in Erie County seek assistance from food banks. “A
lot of people think about hunger and food insecurity around Thanksgiving and
Christmas, but food scarcity is an issue all year long. This drive is
intended to help support our community members who are in need.”