On Tuesday, November 14, Kean University’s Annual Food Bank Luncheon was held in the Cougar’s Den of the Miron Student Center. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., students, faculty, staff, and alumni were able to enjoy delicious food and support a great cause. The event was hosted by the Office of Student Government, the Student Government Association of Kean University, and the Graduate Student Government of Kean University.
Participants were encouraged to donate items such as instant coffee, water bottles, snacks, spices, feminine hygiene products, body wash, and cleaning products. Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association, Benjamin Lorenc, shared what the event was about.
“The Food Bank Luncheon is an annual organizational event that the Student Government hosts and it’s basically going to help the needy. So people do donate food items...We entice students to come together, get to know one another, really get into the holiday spirit, and learn more about giving in the community if they can help out,” said Lorenc.
The Food Bank Luncheon was an effort to fight hunger as all proceeds from the luncheon were donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Many students such as sophomore and Psychology major, Kayla Dixon from Plainfield appreciated the noble cause.
“I think it’s for a really good cause. I was just about to order lunch from somewhere and I heard about it...And I canceled my order pretty much and I bought a ticket instead,” said Dixon.
The Food Bank Luncheon served delicious food like pumpkin pie, stuffing, cornbread, oven-roasted turkey, and mashed potatoes. In addition to the food, participants enjoyed a fun raffle which gave away Kean Student Life branded bags, Stanley cups, blankets, pillows, and a lawn chair. Gift cards and mystery bags were also given away.
Sion Cohen, freshman and Business major from Hillside shared how much she valued being able to donate to those in need.
“I think it’s just really good, what it’s doing in general. I donated stuff but there’s not really places I feel like that’s so accessible. So, I threw out a bunch of stuff to give for the food bank, not just food but like...toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner...I really appreciate how I was just able to come here and give it,” said Cohen.
Overall, the event was a success and everyone who participated was able to help those in need during this Thanksgiving season.