Abington students collect 3,000 pounds of food for hunger relief

The Penn State Abington Lion Ambassadors (LAs) rallied the campus community to open their kitchen cabinets, wallets and hearts in the name of hunger relief. Members of the student group loaded up their own cars and delivered 3,051 pounds of food this week to radio station 93.3 WMMR Preston & Steve’s annual Camp Out for Hunger at a local shopping complex.

One LA collaborated with faculty members Kevin Cannon and Suzanne Stutman for a friendly competition between their classes to see which group could donate the most. Cannon’s class won the contest and together their classes contributed more than 1,200 cans of food.

The Abington LAs have been gathering donations since June, but in November they set up camping tents in buildings throughout the campus as drop off points for nonperishable food items. The LAs also accepted monetary donations to purchase additional food.

The food is donated to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Every pound and a half of food donated provides a full meal for four adults.