For the seventh consecutive year, the Penn State Abington Lion Ambassadors (LAs) are staging Camp Out for Hunger to help feed the hungry this holiday season. The campus community donated more than 3,200 pounds of food last year, enough to help feed hundreds of people for four months.
The Abington LAs have been gathering donations since June, but each November they set up tents in buildings throughout the campus as drop off points for nonperishable food items. One LA has collaborated with two Abington faculty members for a friendly competition between their classes to see which group can make the largest donation.
The LAs also accept monetary donations to purchase additional food. On Nov. 29, they will pack up the food and deliver it to radio station 93.3 WMMR Preston & Steve’s annual Camp Out for Hunger at a local shopping complex.
The food is donated to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to approximately 900,000 people at risk of hunger and malnutrition throughout Philadelphia area. Still battling a struggling economy and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, more families than ever are suffering from food poverty.