Was LBCC’s Annual Food Drive a Success?

Linn-Benton Community College hosts a yearly food drive during the holidays for the community. It’s a time for people to come together and give back or receive from their neighbors. With everything being just a little different this year, it still managed to be quite successful!

Financial Aid Advisor and co-leader of the Thanksgiving Food Drive Program, Michelle Slay and co-leader Jeanine Howell announced on Nov. 25 our donation outcome with much excitement. LBCC staff and students raised $10,624 in donations which is over $3,000 more than last year’s food drive. This helps 583 to 1,033 people based on household sizes! Impressive.

After finishing up all of 2019’s purchases, the team gathers together and celebrates the success of their night. (Pre-pandemic.) Photo by Allen Tan.

The need for a little help during Thanksgiving had gone up this year due to the pandemic, so the food drive team and staff came up with a plan to bring in more donations from staff in particular. Dean of academic foundations, Leslie Hammond, and Administrative Secretary for Information Services, Lena Spencer organized a friendly competition between LB managers and classified staff to fight for the highest donation number to avoid the losers punishment; Tik Tok dances. This was a great way to encourage involvement and to have a little fun along the way.

Slay and a team of classified staff made it to the end of the donation period with smiles on their faces. They reached the finish line with 2,217 more dollars than Leslie and her team of Administrators/Deans. They were prized with the loser’s toll of re-creating tik tok dances.

The Commuter staff thanks all who organized and contributed to this year’s food drive. Happy Holidays!

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