Tuesday, December 02, 2008
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Lincoln College food drive a success

Drive helps bring students and community together

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[December 02, 2008]  The line started at the campus entry drive on Keokuk, traveling until it reached Ottawa Street, where it turned and went past the library entrance.

This wasn't a line of LC students waiting to enter an event. This was a line of cans and boxes of food that Lincoln College students collected and then displayed along the campus streets.

CivicMembers of Rotaract, Black Student Union, the Lincoln College Honors Program and residence life staff were involved in this year's food drive. The food items reached over 1,000 feet long before students began packing it back up for delivery. All items were donated to the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry and Community Action Partnership.

The idea initially came from a residence hall director who had previously been at Western Illinois, where a line-the-campus food drive is an annual event. 

"I think donation programs are an easy way for the community and college to work together for those who need help," said Michelle Baldwin, who sponsors the honors program at LC. "Also, volunteering is a good way for students to get involved in the community beyond the campus." 

One Rotaract student, Daniel DeAngelo, stated that he thought becoming involved with the community is better than just sitting in his dorm room. He wanted to note that a van full of students pulled up and each one of them had at least two if not three bags of groceries to help extend the food line.

"My goal is to increase donations and the number of students willing to help," said Baldwin. "This year, the students have really risen to the occasion, and I expect that to continue for years to come."  

[Text from file received from Lincoln College; LDN staff]




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