Food drive helps local charity

December 20, 2007

by Katie Fontenot

Campus organizations have the opportunity to give more than Christmas presents this year.
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society is sponsoring a canned food drive competition that began Dec. 10 and will run through Jan. 18, for The Christian Community Action of Lincoln Parish.

“We’ve done the canned food drive before within the club, but we thought that maybe a competition between organizations would help us to get more cans,” Lou-Anne Williams, president of Phi Alpha Theta and a graduate student of history, said.

Williams said instead of collecting only through the holiday season, Phi Alpha Theta has decided to extend the drive so a larger donation can be made from students and groups.

Maegan Loupe, a senior kinesiology and health promotion major, said she agrees with the choice to make the food drive a competition.

“Anytime you say ‘competition between organizations’ you will get increased participation,” Loupe said.

Williams said the winning team will receive a pizza party.

“Everyone likes to win, and everyone likes pizza. It’s a good idea, but I wish it didn’t have to be done,” Loupe said. “People should just give out of kindness.”

And people are giving.
This is the best time of year for donations, Stephanie Griffin, executive director of The Christian Community Action of Lincoln Parish, said.

“People tend to remember to give more during the holidays,” Griffin said. “They don’t mean to, but people just don’t think about it other times of the year.”

The other times of the year include summer months when food supplies have diminished and the 30-item food bags needed by the average 50 families Christian Community Action helps each week are hard to fill, Griffin said.

“Some weeks we’ll give out 600 food items but only take in 1,500 canned goods in a month,” Griffin said.

The organization also wants to help the community and the campus, Williams said.
Along with the canned food drive, Phi Alpha Theta sponsors other various philanthropic projects throughout the year to benefit charitable groups such as March of Dimes and World Vision, Williams said.

Whether one organization or many, whether a competition or not, the help The Christian Community Action receives is appreciated.

“We would like to personally thank all the departments and organizations that continually support our cause,” Griffin said.

Groups interested in competing and making donations can make drop-offs through Jan. 18, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9-11 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-5 p.m. in George T. Madison, Room 132.