Carroll University's National Service Project food drive has brought in 186,065 meals so far—more than triple the original 60,000 meal goal—and donations are still being accepted through April 30.
This year, because of COVID-19, there is no physical collecting of food. All donations are monetary, and one dollar equals three meals. Carroll alumni across America have been working in their communities on the project.
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The boost experienced in this year's food drive comes as the nation's food banks are reporting a 70% increase in need, according to Feeding America, Carroll's partner in the food drive project.
Carroll's food drive participants stood at 419 donors as of April 22, with a goal of 600.The donors’ generous response may be spurred by higher community needs due to job loss resulting from the pandemic, said Dolores Ocampo Brown, Carroll's senior director of alumni engagement.
"I am so proud of the generosity and the caring action our Carroll Pioneers contribute year after year for our National Service Project, but especially this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic," she said. "The National Service Project continues to serve a purpose as we all work together toward a common, very humane mission, to feed those who might not otherwise be able to do so. I couldn't be prouder to be a Pioneer."
Carroll has been raising meals in an annual food drive every April since 2010. There have been 378,742 meals donated from 2010 to 2019.
To donate directly to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, text "PIONEERS" to 41444 or give online here.
Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262.524.7237.