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OHIO Campus Recycling, Culinary Services, and Lambda Chi Alpha team up to fight hunger this holiday season

Ohio University Campus Recycling, Culinary Services and Lambda Chi Alpha have teamed up for an annual winter break food drive to help fight hunger this holiday season.

Now through Dec. 12, food bank donation locations will be in the lobbies or other high profile locations in every residence hall as well as the Lambda Chi Alpha house at 12 N. Court St., Athens.

All donations must be sealed and in the original packaging. Gently used clothing, household items and school supplies also may be donated.

Students with Flex Meal Plans also can donate their meal swipes within any Campus Market location through Culinary Services’ existing program with Good Works.

“Donating Flex meals is easy,” said Kent Scott, associate director of auxiliaries operations. “Students simply decide the number of meals that they would like to donate. We then convert each meal donation into $6.25 of Good Works’ most-needed seasonal items.”

Culinary Services partners with Good Works of Athens throughout the year to donate food through the meal plan program. During 2013, OHIO students donated 16,000 pounds worth of meal plans through Culinary Services.

Good Works strives to create and sustain a community of hope for people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness in rural Appalachia.

The organization also educates OHIO students about life, culture, values and the needs of greater Athens County through a program called Service Living. As part of the program, all organizations spread donations among families in need in and around Athens.

Campus Recycling partners with the Athens County Junior Fair Board, Timothy House and the New Marshfield 4-H Club to distribute donations to area families in need.

”Between 2014 spring move-out and winter break food drives, Ohio University students donated more than 4,500 pounds of food from the residence halls last year," said OHIO Campus Recycling and Zero Waste manager Andrew Ladd. "The goal has been set to double that level of donation this academic year.”

Lambda Chi Alpha has partnered with Feeding America, which has raised more than 40 million pounds of food nationally since 1993 in an effort to combat hunger.

Feeding America is a huge network of food banks that distributes more than three billion meals to local communities each year. The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is part of the Feeding America network, and focuses on multiple counties within Southeastern Ohio.

To donate, simply find the nearest donation site and drop off unopened food or other gently used items that may otherwise be destined for the landfill. Students also can donate any meals they don’t plan to use. Together with the University, students help the philanthropic efforts of all organizations and give to communities and families in need.