For more information, contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine Marketing and Communications, Cindy Young at (937) 775-4839.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2011

Boonshoft School of Medicine students to hold

canned food drive April 11

Students will collect items on campus; visit area neighborhoods to support The Foodbank

DAYTON, Ohio—At a time of year when food pantries are depleted of vital donations, Wright State University medical students are supporting the local community by organizing a food drive for The Foodbank, Inc. The event is inspired and sponsored by the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society with support from the Boonshoft School of Medicine Phi Ro Sigma student chapter, Wright Copy and Two Men and a Truck, Inc.

Student volunteers will visit neighborhoods near the Wright State campus beginning Monday, April 11, to hand out flyers and inform residents about the event. They will return on April 16, from noon to 6 p.m., to collect donations of non-perishable food items. Donations will also be accepted at a central collection point in front of White Hall, located just off Center Road on the WSU campus during these same hours, and collection bins will be located throughout the surrounding community in the weeks leading up to the event.

The Foodbank depends on donations from individuals and businesses in order to support more than 100 charitable food relief organizations throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Each day The Foodbank provides an average of more than 6,700 healthy, nutritious meals for local children, families and adults in need. When donations decline during seasonal lulls, such as early spring, supplies run low and limit the organization~s capacity to provide this critical service.

John Corker, a second-year medical student at Wright State and spokesperson for the food drive, said the need is especially great for items such as peanut butter, pasta and sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, soups, rice, cereal and staples such as flour, sugar and cooking oil. However, any non-perishable food items will be accepted.

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