As Mercyhurst College embarks on its 34th annual food drive, it does so as an expanded effort, joining with Gannon University and Penn State Behrend to hold an intensive, one-day intercollegiate food drive billed “The Collegiate Golden Harvest.”
On Saturday, Oct. 28, students from the three schools will fan out across the community in a door-to-door campaign to collect nonperishable food items. Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mercyhurst student volunteers will approach residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Erie campus, said campus minister Paul Macosko ’03, who is directing the project through Campus Ministry.
In addition, the colleges will man drop-off stations where others who wish to donate may do so. Mercyhurst’s station will be situated at the East 38th Street entrance to the college.
Also, from Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 29, barrels will be positioned at various sites on campus to make it more convenient for the Mercyhurst community to give.
All donated food will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania and be distributed to 275 agencies that directly serve families in need.
“Last year, Mercyhurst broke its previous record of 5,825 pounds of collected food items and established a new one at 7,767 pounds,” Macosko said. “We hope to keep this momentum going, especially as we team up with other colleges in this very special cooperative venture.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Macosko at ext, 2549, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up at Campus Ministry.