Students donate nearly four tons of food to those in need

June 06, 2022

Vincent Contrucci packs a bin with food

For 13 years, Quinnipiac has asked students to “Be kind! Leave your food behind" — and they continue to lend a helping hand.

The four tons of food were donated to Columbus House Inc. of New Haven, the Hamden Food Bank, Master’s Manna of Wallingford, the New Haven Pride Center and New Reach of New Haven.

In addition, Columbus House and the Hamden Food Bank received funds from Tap Out Hunger, an initiative among the Office of Community Service, the Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Council and Chartwells dining services. Through Tap Out Hunger, students donated almost $24,000 in unused meal points that nonprofit partners can use to order bulk food items via Chartwells for their programs.

“Our students showed their generosity, care and concern for our community by enthusiastically engaging in two initiatives that work to address food insecurity in our communities,” Vincent Contrucci, director of community service at Quinnipiac, said. “The New Haven Pride Center shared that the donations from ‘Be Kind’ arrived just as their food pantry stock was nearly depleted and provided snacks to attendees at their LGBTQ Youth Conference.”

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