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Spring food drive

Communication department, Lambda Chi Alpha partner in food drive


2:14 p.m., April 30, 2013--More people in Delaware will receive food items this spring thanks to the initiative of two University of Delaware communication professors and the generosity of dedicated UD students.

Tracey Quigley Holden, assistant professor, and Steve Mortenson, associate professor, both of UD’s Department of Communication, and members of UD’s chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity are again volunteering to address a local community issue by coordinating a food drive Wednesday through Friday, May 1-3.

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Holden, Mortenson and the Lambda Chis have combined their organizational skills and manpower to ensure the success of this spring’s effort.

The big collection point this semester is the Stick a Fork in The Green event to be held on Friday, May 3. Students can donate $1 and sign their name to a flag. The flags will be attached to forks, and stuck in the grass. Each flag represents a meal provided to a hungry family.

“Our success last year led us to add to our efforts and expand our drive.” Holden commented. “The Stick a Fork in The Green part was a way to show just how many people the UD community reaches, and the generosity of our students.” Another collection will be Wednesday, May 1, from 2-5 p.m. in 250 Pearson Hall.

“We had a great time working with Dr. Mortenson and Dr. Holden, and were happy to help with the expanded drive this year,” said John Sutich, external vice president for Lambda Chi Alpha. “We’ve worked in the past with the Food Bank of Delaware, and know how much of a problem food insecurity and hunger is in Delaware. We’re proud that our efforts will help feed so many people.”

According to the Food Bank of Delaware, approximately 17,500 different people each week receive food assistance through their network of hunger-relief partners. More alarmingly, 44 percent of the members of households who receive assistance from the Food Bank are under 18 years of age.

Every five pounds of food received by the Food Bank will feed a person for a day, and every dollar donated feeds a family of four a meal.

“Our students have been very concerned with hunger in the community and wanted to do something to make a difference,” Mortenson explained. “It’s clear that working with the Lambda Chi Alphas and our students to feed hungry people makes a positive difference in our community.”

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