Successful August 2019 Food Drive

Students sit at computers; on the tables in front of them are cans and boxes of food

The Department of English 2019 food drive was a success, with a significant amount of canned and boxed goods raised by students and faculty. The food drive was held in support of the Grab-N-Go program, which supports students who are struggling with food insecurity.

Students who are facing food insecurity can complete a food assistance application in the Office of the Dean of Students website or in person at the office. Additional details about the program can be found at BGSU News.

Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey's WRIT 1120 classes were major contributors to the success of the food drive. Mahaffey said, "My WRIT1120 classes are themed for the first two assignments around homelessness in America, a passion of mine for the past 20 years. For the past 4 or 5 years, I have asked students to donate 3 cans or items of food as a service project integrated with that theme." Students are offered an additional absence for donating food, and many are shocked to learn about homelessness and food insecurity within the U.S.

Mahaffey said that students filled the Grab-N-Go food drive box multiple times before the end of the food drive. Another food drive will be held in the spring semester, and those interested in contributing to the Grab-N-Go program in the meantime can contact Danielle Haynes in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey holds donated food in the department office