Mason Collects Food for the Needy

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: November 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

By Erin Cushing

With the holidays rapidly approaching, opportunities for giving back to the community are bountiful. Mason is joining in the spirit of giving with several food drives to benefit the community. Listed below are some of the collections Mason is undertaking.

The Arlington Campus Winter Food Drive, sponsored by the Association of Public Interest Law, the Graduate and Professional Student Association, the School of Public Policy Student Association, University Life Arlington and University Information, will run from Wednesday, Oct. 26, to Tuesday, Dec. 13. All donations will benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Bins for drop-off will be located in the following places: Truland Building, in the main lobby and by the elevator in the garage vestibule; Founders Hall, in the first floor front lobby and on the first floor by the garage vestibule; and in Hazel Hall in front of the atrium and by the Kirkwood entrance.

The food will be collected on Nov. 18 and Dec. 13.

Mason Dining is holding a canned food drive the week of Nov. 14. The annual event, Helping Hands Across America, will provide boxes around campus for participants to drop off food items. If your office would like to have a box to collect for the drive, please email Daliana Gandarillas at with your office name and location.

The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) has joined with local nonprofit Our Daily Bread to produce Holiday Spirit, which provides year-round support for low-income families in Northern Virginia. From Nov. 8 to Dec. 8, Mason community members or organizations can adopt a family and provide a food basket and gifts for the children in the family. Those who cannot adopt a family but still wish to contribute can also volunteer to deliver the food and gifts. For more information or to adopt a family, contact Elizabeth McDougal at

The CLCE will also host the Hunger Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. The banquet is part of Mason’s Hunger and Homelessness Action Week. The Hunger Banquet is a demonstration of unequal distribution of food and wealth across the planet. To participate, bring three cans of nonperishable food or $3.

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