The college has completely relied on volunteers to stock and manage The Pantry since it first opened Feb. 21. The Pantry is an on-campus food pantry.
Sophomore Gabby Picca first pitched the idea because she found herself spending remaining bonus bucks on items that she didn’t really need or want.
The BackPack Program will take the proceeds from the food drive and distribute food to children in need throughout Tompkins County within the next few months.
Food Frenzy, which has existed for roughly 10 years, is a charity event that incorporates foods from Sodexo and outside vendors to create an all-you-can-eat food buffet that costs a donation of $3. All donations from the event benefit the BackPack Program for The Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Ithaca College has continued its campaign to raise funds through an online donation system for United Way, a national network of nonprofit organizations.
In recognition of September as Hunger Action Month, Ithaca College supported Q103.7 radio host Chris Allinger as he stopped by the college Sept. 12 for the last leg of his 100-mile walk around Tompkins County.
As the holiday season approaches, local food charities are facing more shortages, rising costs and increasing demand for services this year than in previous years.