November 10, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is now underway.  Each year the college’s Student Senate holds the event to collect food for students in need.

“Every November we invite student clubs and organizations to decorate boxes and place them in the main entrances and lounges at the college to collect non-perishable food items,” said Adrienne Barkley Giffin, director of student activities and cultural events and sponsor of the Student Senate at JALC.  “The week before Thanksgiving we distribute the food to Logan students in need of that type of assistance.  We are usually able to help about 15 students, and each one receives 12 to 15 grocery sacks full of food.”    

Giffin said about 15 clubs normally participate in the food drive.  The club who collects the most food will win $100 from the Student Senate and the club with the best decorated box will be awarded $50.          

JALC student Kylee Williams of Du Quoin, president of the YODA Club at Logan, an organization of students studying computer networking, electronics, and computer programming, said her club enjoys participating in the food drive.

“Everyone in the YODA Club believes in supporting charitable activities and giving back to the community,” Williams said.  “The food drive is important because it directly helps our fellow John A. Logan students.”

The YODA Club won the prize for the best decorated box last year and Williams hopes it will repeat that accomplishment. 

“Our box has a Star Wars theme and is pretty elaborate,” Williams said.  “It has a motorized conveyor belt on it and electronic counters that count the cans and food boxes that go into it.  We used a lot of things we learned in our classes to make the counters and other features on the box.  Several members of the club pitched in to build it, and it was fun working on it together.” 

Giffin said the food drive is a campus-wide event. 

“This is an event everyone on campus can get involved in,” Giffin said.  “In addition to the clubs who decorate the boxes, all students, faculty, and staff members can donate food.  The students who receive the donations each year are not only thankful for the food but also grateful for the thoughtfulness and support of the campus community.”

The last day to doate food to the Thanksgiving Food Drive is Thursday, Nov. 20.  For more information, contact Giffin at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.