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Black Student Association's 10th Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Project
With the Thanksgiving holiday only two weeks away, the Black Student Association (BSA) is preparing for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Project.
The BSA prepares and delivers these food baskets to families in McDonough County as well as to students who have families in the area.
They partner with Sodexo’s Helping Hands Across America Stuff the Bus campaign.
The BSA’s goal this year is to deliver 225 baskets, last year they delivered to 180 families.
Belinda Carr, BSA advisor and Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC), says there is a waiting list every year to receive the baskets.
“A lot of families we help they have people who are out of work or are people with a low economic disadvantage. These baskets sometimes help people who wouldn’t have anything on the table otherwise.”
The BSA will be collecting items such as, whole turkeys, corn, yams, green beans, sweet potatoes, and beverage juices.
The BSA is always looking for volunteers to help with the project whether it’s helping the day of Stuff the Bus, sorting through the food, preparing the baskets, or delivering the baskets to the families.
You can sign up at the GBCC to volunteer for any of the activities.
There will be two locations with donation boxes to drop off food items as well.
One will be at the BSA Student Organization Center in the Union basement and the other at the Multicultural Center main reception area on the first floor.
They would like the donations to be in by Nov. 7 at the latest.
Once the food is collected from the Stuff the Bus event, it’s sorted and packaged into the baskets.
Delivery of the baskets will be on Nov. 15 and 16 at the GBCC.
Stuff the Bus also delivers the food donations to Inter-Hall Council’s Salvation Army dinner and an area food bank, Loaves and Fishes.
Food Donations from Stuff the Bus
Baskets will be delivered Nov. 15 and 16 at the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center.