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Food drive season on campus
Donation bins are located in various areas of the City College campus. Teri Barth I [email protected]

City College’s student-run Business Club has teamed up with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to officially host a campus-wide 20th annual Spirit of Giving food drive through Dec. 9, according to Business Club public relations officer Crissy Dawson.

Club members choose a project each semester from among member suggestions by a majority vote, Dawson said, adding that the process of elimination wasn’t necessary this semester; members quickly agreed on a project.

“The Business Club decided right away, [early] in the semester that we wanted to do a community service project,” said Dawson.

According to Dawson, the club took great care in deciding which organization it would commit to working with. Dawson said club members decided a field trip of sorts was in order and upon touring SFBFS facilities, the organization was determined best able to support the club’s desire to help at a more local level.

“We wanted our donations to benefit the community close to Sacramento City College’s campus,” said Dawson. “Since a lot of the donations to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services are distributed in Oak Park, this organization was a perfect fit.”

In addition to the SFBFS structure as an organization, Dawson said the Spirit of Giving campaign—SOG—complimented the club’s desire for a project lengthier than those in the past.

“We didn’t want our community service to be one-and-done,” said Dawson. “So, we decided to join with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Spirit of Giving drive and to collect all semester long.”

Much of the organization’s success is due to donations collected during SOG, according to Donation Drive Coordinator Tarah Frost. According to Frost, over 23,000 Sacramentans benefit monthly from SOG, which has collected over 4.6 million pounds of non-perishable and canned foods since its inception 19 years ago.

But some City College students question the logic behind the Business Club’s decision to host a food drive since its success relies on donations from students who themselves may be in desperate need of a meal.

“Things are a little tight all over; that could be a reason why [the bins are empty],” said Joyce Ransom, cosmetology major. “There are starving students as well—a lot are hungry.”

Joao Don Santo Neto, an electrical engineering major, said he only knows SOG is happening because he saw a donation bin, which are described on the SFBFS website as “55 gallon durable blue plastic barrels are 38 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter, take up as much room as two people standing together, and can hold up to 350 pounds.”
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Neto said though the bins are large enough to notice, unless people are told about SOG, the bins will remain empty.

“We do not have the information to know the drive is going on,” said Neto. “People need to be more outspoken about it.”

Neto said there are simple ways to get the necessary information out to everyone on campus.

“We have events happening in the quad every now and again,” said Neto. “I think it would be a perfect moment to let people know about the food drive and [other] stuff like that.”

Neto also suggested that clubs could easily spread the word about City College campus events if the club presidents communicated among themselves and committed to cross-promoting events.

Still, according to City College SOG Food Drive Team Lead Mary Scott, the drive is showing success. Scott said Business Club collections from the six SOG donation bins from the month of October were enough to fill a large grocery-shopping cart.

The donation bins, according to Dawson, are easily accessible and conveniently placed across campus.

“Donation bins [are] located inside Rodda North and South, Cultural Awareness Center [CAC], Book Store, Business Building, and Learning Resource Center from Monday, Oct. 14 all through the semester until Dec. 8,” said Dawson.

According to Dawson, City College donations make a difference and everyone is encouraged to participate.

“We hope that students and faculty remember the semester-long drive while writing their grocery lists,” said Dawson. “We can all pick up just a few extra food items when we go grocery shopping each week, and the donations will really add up to make a positive impact for families in need in our community.”

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