For most families in the United States, the holiday season includes sitting down for a delicious feast with friends and family. However, not everyone gets to enjoy the luxury of a bountiful meal this season.
Over 35 million people go hungry in the United States every day and almost 13 million of these are children. Various groups on campus are participating in relieving hunger this holiday season in multiple ways.
Sodexo, Northwestern’s food service provider, is doing its part this holiday season to stop hunger by collecting nonperishable food items.
“Sodexo is really involved with helping stop hunger, and they incorporate all of the local units to help out their local food pantries,”said Mindi Sneller, who works with Sodexo Food Service.
All of the items that are collected during the event, which goes until Dec. 17, will go to the food bank in Sioux County to be distributed to hungry people in the surrounding areas.
To encourage students to contribute to the cause, Sodexo will award the wing on campus that donates the most nonperishable items with a gaming and pizza party in The Hub after Christmas break. To participate, students should pick up a Helping Hands bag in the cafeteria, fill it up with items and return it marked with the student’s wing.
For faculty and staff, Sodexo will offer lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays for only one dollar if they bring in six items.
Another campus group is helping those in need during the holidays as well. The Called2Go ministry will be hosting “Fleece and Film,” during which students will get together to make tie blankets to distribute around Sioux County while watching a movie that addresses an area of need in the U.S.