Hunger Hurts Food Drive Gathers 7500 Pounds of Food from Community Members

celts-logoThe Annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive, coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), in collaboration with Berea Faith Community Outreach (BFCO), was completed on October 24, 2015.

Organizers report the food drive was a great success despite the rainy weather. The generous citizens of Berea contributed approximately 7500 pounds of much-needed food to fill the local pantry, the Berea Community Food Bank, which is sponsored by BFCO. Many families who are in need of assistance throughout the holidays will benefit from the community’s efforts to ease food insecurity here in Berea. Residents of southern Madison County who have an emergency food need or would like to request assistance from the BUURR program (Bereans United for Utility and Rent Relief) can call 859-985-1903 for more information.

This annual event is produced by the student-led initiatives of CELTS at Berea College and is supported by volunteers from numerous campus and community-based organizations. The event would not be possible without the efforts of our larger community, including all the people/everyone who filled a bag with food and placed it on their doorstep.

 2015 Hunger Hurts food drive volunteers.2015 Hunger Hurts food drive volunteers.

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Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1855, Berea was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea awards four-year tuition scholarships to all its students, who because of financial circumstances cannot otherwise afford a high-quality, residential, liberal arts education.

All students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in labor positions on campus or in the community. Berea’s student labor program creates an atmosphere of democratic living that emphasizes the dignity of all work and provides opportunities for students to earn money for their rooms, books and board.