By Amanda Wigley |Staff Writer|
The holidays are fast approaching and food drives are in full force.
For the month of November, the Student Leadership and Development Support center hosted their fourth annual Noodles in November food drive.
The SLD offices took part in Noodles in November a decade ago, but at some point it fizzled out and in 2009 the department wanted to bring the tradition back to campus.
“In partnership with the San Bernardino City Mission, our Noodles in November drive is continuing to feed those in need year after year,” said Michelle Salge, the office manager.
The goal for this year’s food drive is to collect 5,000 Top Ramen noodle packages that could potentially feed thousands of people.
The choice to use Ramen noodles is so the city mission can easily store and distribute them.
The department encourages all students and faculty at CSUSB to participate in this food drive. With the low price of Ramen noodles, there is no excuse to not take part in this!
Rumor has it that some faculty offer extra credit to their students if they donate. Earning extra credit while helping those in need definitely sounds like a win win situation.
This time of year is when food drives are in full effect.
Salge suggests that students regularly check their campus e-mail in order to receive updates on food drives and other upcoming service and volunteer opportunities.
Just walking around campus I found a few different spots that students can drop off canned goods.
I talked to students around campus to see what types of volunteering they enjoy around the holidays.
“I enjoy donating to food drives, especially around the holiday season, it is important that the less fortunate are able to enjoy the holidays as well,” said student Scott Marinis.
A lot of students said they partake in the food drives that are on campus, while some prefer donating clothes to places such as Goodwill.
There are opportunities to donate your clothes, food and even your time all around San Bernardino County.
Opportunities to give back are year round, but with the holidays being the busiest time of the year the more people that help, the better.
Last Thursday, Nov. 15 the San Manuel Student Union hosted a holiday dinner. Dinner was free to students who brought a non-perishable food item or a new toy.
This food and toy drive benefits the Campesino Project, which supports families in the Caochella Valley.
Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner it is not too late to hop on board and donate. Christmas will be here before you know it and there are many food and toy drives around Southern California that need help.
One of the more popular holiday toy drives is Toys for Tots. Each year this foundation helps bring toys to children, who otherwise may not receive any gifts on Christmas.
No matter what the cause, whether you donate food, toys or your time, your help will positively affect someone’s life.