Trocaire is working to collect canned goods for the Buffalo City Mission this semester as part of the Mission Possible Food Drive School Drive Challenge. The college aims to collect more than 500 items before Dec. 16.
Pam Jablonicky, Trocaire’s coordinator of service learning, said this challenge is a way for Trocaire to continue to follow in the footsteps of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy.
“Feeding the hungry is one of the Sisters of Mercy’s corporal works of mercy—works that focus on responding to unmet needs,” Jablonicky explained. “As a Mercy college, Trocaire is committed to meeting the unmet needs of others.”
More than 20 Western New York schools and colleges are collecting food items for this project, which has an overall goal of bringing in at least 72,000 canned goods by April 2017. According to the 2015 Annual Report on Homelessness in Erie County, 30.7% are living below the poverty line in Buffalo.
“Poverty is the root cause of homelessness and food insecurity here in Buffalo and around our great nation,” said Stuart Harper, executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “It is nearly impossible for anyone to excel in life when they are hungry.”
The donations will help Buffalo City Mission provide more than 10,000 meals to struggling community members during the upcoming holiday season, and also assist the staff in meeting the practical needs of those who come seeking free grocery bags of food through its referral program throughout the year.
Trocaire’s team name is Mercy in Action, and all students, staff and faculty are encouraged to bring in items and help stamp out hunger in Buffalo. Community members are welcome to donate, as well! All non-perishable canned goods are welcome, including tuna, chicken, stew, gravy, beans, vegetables, broths, soups, fruit, etc. There is a collection bin in the foyer outside Commons and in the library at Main Campus, and at the front desk at Trocaire on Transit.
Any questions, please contact Pam Jablonicky (firstname.lastname@example.org or 827-2543).