November 4, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at John A. Logan College kicked off this week and runs through Nov. 20, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Student Senate.

“You can help JALC students in need by contributing non-perishable foods in the club boxes located at the main entrances and lounges,” said Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan and Student Senate sponsor. “Collected food will go to JALC students in need as identified by the Financial Aid Office and Student Success Center.”

Barkley Giffin said food will also go to students in the college’s GED program.

“The need grows each year,” she said. “Students who received food in the past have been overwhelmed by being thought of and cared for by their fellow students and JALC employees.”

Barkley Giffin said it’s “more manageable” for students receiving food (especially those who ride the bus), if donors can package the food into multiple bags.
“If you can spare any tote bags, reusable fabric bags from the grocery store, bags from conferences and workshops, etc., we’ll put them to good use. Just drop off your bags at the Student Activities Office (Information Desk) on or before November 20th.”

Nursing students have been involved in the food drive for well over a decade now. This year, one of the LPN students, Raulena Bundren, and her husband, got really creative with their collection box, turning it into a version of the game, “Operation.”

JALC nursing instructor, Dr. Janet Followell, said clubs and organizations on campus, like the Practical Nursing Club, are competing to win in-house prizes for creativity and volume of food collected.

“Our goal is to get our nursing students organized and try to collect the most food,” Followell said. “We consider this project to be rewarding for all of us. Anytime we can give back to the community, especially our own JALC students, it’s a special feeling.”