CSI organizes drive to benefit local food bank

AUGUSTA, GA. – One in five Georgians are food insecure, according to the Georgia Food Bank Association – meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. To combat that, the Augusta University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota has organize a canned food drive for the Summerville campus.

“As counseling professionals in training, we know the devastating impact that hunger and poor nutrition can have on children and adults. It effects memory, academic performance and behavior; and can even have a long-term influence on mental health,” said Alfredo Perez, CSI chapter president and graduate student assistant within the College of Education’s Department of Counselor Education, Leadership and Research.

CSI is asking students, faculty and staff to support the drive by bringing in unexpired canned and non-perishable goods to Suite 325 in University Hall by Friday, Nov. 13. They are looking for hearty food options such as soup, beans, tuna, peanut butter and rice.

“If everyone on the Summerville campus brought in just two or three items, we could have a real impact,” Perez said.

Donated items will be delivered to Golden Harvest Food Bank, which serves 250,000 people in 30 surrounding counties. For more information, call the Department of Counselor Education, Leadership and Research at 706-737-1497 or email Alfredo Perez at aperez@gru.edu.

What to donate:

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna and canned meat
  • Peanut butter, almond butter, soy butter
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar cereals
  • 100 percent fruit juices in single serving boxes
  • Canned fruit packed in juice
  • Canned vegetables (low salt)
  • Baby food and cereal
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap

What NOT to donate:

  • Alcohol
  • Boxed cake and brownie mixed
  • Opened, used, or expired products

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