By Kristin Marley
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College is asking students, employees and community members to donate food to help the hungry in South Jersey.
The college is holding its annual food drive to support the Food Bank of South Jersey from Nov. 3 to Dec. 8. Donors may drop off items in the second floor lobby of the Otto R. Mauke Community Center on the Blackwood campus, the William G. Rohrer Center lobby on the Cherry Hill campus, the College Hall lobby on the Camden campus or the lobby of the Regional Emergency Training Center in Sicklerville.
Participants are encouraged to donate non-perishable items. Among the needed items are high protein foods such as peanut butter, canned tuna, beans, peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds. Also needed are canned fruits and vegetables, fruit cups, applesauce and dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries and prunes. Breads and cereals such as whole grain breakfast cereal, oatmeal, rice, whole grain pasta, rice and pancake mix are also needed. Holiday food such as gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes and canned pie filling are also needed, as are mixed food such as macaroni and cheese, canned soups and granola bars.
Jacqueline Tenuto, assistant dean for student development and support, is in charge of the food drive and encourages everyone to help if they can.
“It is important to me to try to make a difference and it is also a great way for students to get involved and help a family in need,” Tenuto said. “I am hoping for as much food as possible. We ask for specific types of foods and I hope students are aware of that and are excited to help out.”
Tenuto said she hopes this year’s food drive will be even more successful than past years’ efforts. “We hope more people donate because it is easy and the Food Bank of South Jersey is always very thankful.”