Operation: End Hunger kicks off Nov. 1
Public Relations - Published: October 31, 2013
DESBAEndHunger235The Student Bar Association on the Delaware campus is mobilizing to make November the month to combat hunger among people – and pets.

A food drive, being organized competition style, will encourage student organizations, faculty, staff and the public to donate food for humans and for animals. Boxes will be lined up along Main Street beginning Nov. 1 and they will remain there until classes end Nov. 27.

Marta Skuza, vice president for community service and academics with the SBA, is organizing the drive, dubbed Operation: End Hunger. She said the human food will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware, while the pet food will go to Philadoptables, which supports the Philadelphia Pet Pantry. The pet pantry provides pet food for animal owners who are experiencing economic hardship and having difficulty feeding their pets. It is intended to help pet owners avoid giving up or having to euthanize their animals for lack of finances.

SBA organizations vying for community service credits can earn them through the drive. Skuza said organizations that generate a minimum of 80 donations will receive one credit, provided there are at least 40 human-food donations and 40 pet-food donations. Donations should be nonperishable and not in glass containers.

“This is a great cause and we plan to have fun with it. The boxes along Main Street won’t lie – the organizations and groups who fill theirs to overflowing will shine. We hope every box shines by the end,” Skuza said.

The team from within the law school that generates the most donations will receive a $100 gift card to a restaurant of the organization’s choice. SBA President Liya Groysman is donating the prize.

The public is also invited to drop off items for the drive. The Main Law Building is located on the campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington. The SBA will include a box labeled “public” for those donations.