By Remy Gardner
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College’s annual Food Drive ended on Dec. 9.
Each year, the college collects non-perishable food items from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9. The collection occurs at a time when many think about those in need, right before the fall and winter holidays. The college joins to collect items with the South Jersey Food Bank in Pennsauken. The Office of Student Life & Activities is in charge of collecting the items from all three campuses, the Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill, the Camden campus and the Blackwood campus. Anyone is welcome to donate to the organization.
This year’s food drive was very successful, more successful than last year’s. Renee Pollard, Office of Student Life & Activities secretary, said she did not feel anything was done differently this year; however; she felt people were more giving and generous. Although the specific number of food items donated were not counted yet, she said she felt content in knowing this was one of the most successful years for donations. An ample amount of canned goods lined the shelves in the Office of Student Life & Activities.
Pollard said one contributor stood out. “One student came in with an entire shopping cart full of items,” she said.
She said she did not feel anything has to be done differently next year, as nothing was done differently this year in comparison to last year, and felt the number of food items collected mainly depends on how openhanded people are feeling.
She stated, “This drive was a lot better than last year’s. People are more concerned with the status of our economy and also the people without jobs. People are in more need. Hopefully, it can help out a lot more people.”