A donation of $15,383 and more than 2,000 pounds of food will be presented to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana at 10 a.m. Monday (March 12) at Notre Dame’s Mason Services Center, located on Juniper Road north of the Notre Dame Credit Union.
The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) hosted a chili cook-off on Tuesday, January 24, to raise money for the Holy Cross Harvest Food Drive. Fifteen people volunteered to make chili and eight people brought bread or cornbread. Over a hundred people came and sampled the chili that ranged from mild Hawaiian chili to some super-hot vegetarian chili, then cast their votes for the best. Jeff Critchlow’s Firehouse Chili won the hot chili prize, and Laura DeLuca’s Chili with Bacon and Black Beans won in the mild chili category. A great group of volunteers set the cook-off up and cleaned up afterwards. The event raised more than $500 for the food drive.
(Below, left) Mike Rowland used ingenuity to find a way to taste all the chili. (Below, right) Jeff and Laura with their first prize ribbons.
Looking for a Holy Cross Harvest collection barrel for food donations? St. Michael’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning invites you to stop by and add your donation to their barrel at their Main Plant behind Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, on Juniper Road.
“We asked that our barrel be placed at our front counter customer area for the convenience for our employees,” says Robin Kramer, associate director, “and for the best exposure to entice our wonderful customers to help by bringing a donation in with them when they come back to pick up their dry-cleaning. We have high hopes that we will be successful with this very worthwhile cause!”
Don’t forget–St. Michael’s has monthly specials: http://laundry.nd.edu/specials/
Did you know that the Food Bank of Northern Indiana distributed enough food in 2011 to fill every seat in Notre Dame Stadium with 600 pounds of food?
This year, from January 23 – February 14, the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College will join other South Bend colleges and universities as a part of the Neighbors in Need food drive for the Food Bank. The first Holy Cross Harvest in 2010 collected more than 6,600 pounds of non-perishables and $2,700.00 in monetary donations.
Community food drop locations will be available at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and the Hammes Bookstore and Romy’s Café at Eddy Street Commons during the Holy Cross Harvest collection.
Read what WSBT had to say the Neighbors in Need kick-off event: http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-neighbors-in-need-food-drive-kicks-off-20120109,0,5960289.story.
Representative from St. Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, and the University of Notre Dame presented the more than 6,000 pounds of food and money collected during the Holy Cross Harvest to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana on November 19, 2010.
Wow, this was an incredible week for the Holy Cross Harvest Food Drive here in OIT and today was an incredible day in the ITC!
Today alone, the ITC donated 347 paper products (278 rolls of toilet paper!), 51 toiletries and 55 food items. Kudos to you all! You definitely win the One Day’s Collection Award.
In total for the week, not counting Ron’s donation, we all donated 428 rolls of toilet paper, 76 rolls of paper towels, 73 boxes of kleenex, 13 general paper items, 66 toiletry items, and 148 food items—enough to fill up 9 food drive barrels! Watch for an announcement Tuesday about the winners of the Ultimate Challenge.
Of course, the real winners in all this are the people in our community that need our help. Can you imagine not being able to provide basic things like toilet paper or toothpaste for your family? What seemed like a fun competition among co-workers helped answer some basic needs in our community.
Next week is the last week of the drive and also our own Thanksgiving harvest pot luck. Rather than have a food item theme for the week, let’s focus on giving thanks—how much we have to be grateful for. As we prepare our dish for the potluck or go to the store to buy something to bring, let’s think about how blessed we all are and pick up something extra for the drive. Perhaps an item from your potluck dish, or something that might make a good addition to someone else’s Thanksgiving dinner.
The barrels will be at the doors to the 2nd floor ITC on Weds for people to deposit their items when they come to the potluck. (There will still be barrels in DeBartolo and the ITC Annex for people to donate there.) All the barrels will be picked up for the final time sometime on Thursday.
Over the last three weeks, the OIT has been astoundingly generous, donating over 11 barrels of food and other items. Let’s see if we can finish up the drive with a total of 15 barrels and give a Happy Thanksgiving to the less fortunate in our community.
From October 25, 2010 through November 19, 2010, organizations across the campuses of the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College will be collecting food donations for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana (the Food Bank). The Food Bank serves 185 member agencies that in turn feed more than 150,000 families in need in our community.
In April 2010, Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of emergency food providers, released a report predicting that the number of individuals and families needing emergency food assistance will remain high and may even grow higher over the next decade.
Bringing our efforts together for the holiday season will make a real difference for thousands in our larger community by streamlining the costs of collection for the Food Bank and maximizing their inventory at a time of peak demand.
Holy Cross Harvest collection barrels can be found in most buildings on the University of Notre Dame campus from October 25th through November 19th for your food donations. All items must be non-perishable and in cardboard, metal, or plastic containers.
Your generosity will be deeply appreciated by your community, your friends, your neighbors, and your colleagues. The Food Bank thanks you in advance for your support.