Check out this press release written by USU's Amanda Derito:
January 11, 2016
Contact: Shonna Ferree, AmeriCorps VISTA*Public School Partnership
USU-based AmeriCorps Holds Post-Holiday Season Food Drive
Utah State University-based AmeriCorps is holding a food drive to benefit local families, students, youth and seniors on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan.18, 2016. The event also supports “My Young Mother,” a scholarship program developed to financially support young mothers in Cache Valley pursuing college degrees at USU.
“Donations during the post-holiday season are critical,” said Nelda Ault of USU’s Val R. Christensen Service Center. “Unlike clothing drives or teddy bear drives, the piles of donations from holiday food drives are depleted quickly. The need is constant.”
Macey’s (Providence), Walmart (south), Natural Grocers and Lee’s (Logan) have donated store space for the service project, and national and community service members serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs will be set up at the stores to collect donations, which will go to local food pantries.
Community members are asked to contribute to the food drive by making a donation of shelf-stable food, baby items, hygiene products or household items on at any of the above participating grocery stores.
“Any donation of any size will help someone living here in Cache Valley,” said Shonna Ferree, a leader with AmeriCorps VISTA’S Public School Partnership at USU.
The food drive is sponsored by the Public School Partnership, an AmeriCorps VISTA non-profit organization based at Utah State University. Other Cache Valley National Service Alliance programs providing support include SeniorCorps RSVP and Foster Grandparents and AmeriCorps America Reads, the Cache County Senior Citizens Center and the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center. The project has also received support from UServeUtah, Utah’s state commission on service and volunteerism.