Food for thought

Financial Aid Department runs Food Bank for Dawson students in need

by Despina Doukas

For the past two semesters, Dawson’s Financial Aid Department has set up a Food Bank, run by Yvonne Dudley, for students in need.

The Food Bank, which is separate from the annual Christmas Food Drive organized by Student Affairs, encourages faculty members to donate non-perishable foods such as pasta, rice and cereal to the Food Bank in 2E.15 or the Information Desk in the Upper Atrium.

Dudley explained that the Financial Aid Department is only asking faculty members to donate non-perishable foods to the bank.

“If I find the need is greater, then I will ask students to donate,” said Dudley. “Since, however, the donations are for students I would feel uncomfortable asking other students to donate.”

Despite the fact that Financial Aid has reached out only to faculty members for donations, many students show eagerness to help out their peers.

“I would gladly donate any non-perishable foods I have for other students,” fourth semester Liberal Arts student Alexandra Lefebvre said.

The Financial Aid Department sent out an email last week to all faculty members encouraging them to make any donation they could.

“When I sent the email out to faculty and staff I got a very good response, from the great faculty [members] and staff here at Dawson,” Dudley said.

Many students are proud of the initiative taken by Dawson’s faculty to help students in need.

“I think what they’re doing is really important,” said Ashley Skye Davis, a  fourth semester Liberal Arts student. “It’s kind of like the school is giving back to the students and it’s not just about education; it’s about caring for individual students.”

“A lot of students are on their own for the first time and don’t feel comfortable asking for help, so this is a great thing,” Davis added.

The Food Bank will be open to staff and faculty to donate for the remainder of the semester and any student in need may go to  the Financial Services Department in room 2E.15.

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