By Brendon Johnson ‘16 / Champlain College News
With the holiday season in full swing and people feeling extra charitable, Champlain College has hosted a variety of food drives and fundraisers. Everything from a tribute to the popular Hunger Games series to a raffle benefiting Champlain’s Single Parent Program.
HUNGER GAMES TO FIGHT HUNGER: This series of events was kicked off by Champlain’s first annual campus-wide Hunger Games, a nod to the popular book series of the same name written by Suzanne Collins and the film premiere of the sequel Catching Fire. Champlain residence halls were separated into five districts complete with a reaping where the names of the competitors were chosen. For those that don’t know, The Hunger Games is a competition where competitors battle to the death with swords, bows, and other weapons. However, Champlain’s featured much less violence and was instead played with Nerf guns, similar to Humans vs. Zombies. On Nov. 16, the Nerf weapons were set up on Aiken Lawn and the first ever Champlain Hunger Games began. These games had a more noble cause than just another on-campus event. In the week preceding the games, each district donated non-perishables; more than 104 pounds of food were donated for the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf.
THANKSGIVING DRIVE: The Champlain College Sodexo Dining Hall hosted a food drive that brought in more than 120 pounds of food, including Thanksgiving turkeys that were donated by Sodexo.
HOLIDAY HOOPLA: The eighth annual Holiday Hoopla was held on Dec. 5 in the Hauke conference room to benefit Champlain College’s Single Parent Program, which provides extra support for single parent students. That support can include a specialized orientation program, monthly socials over lunch, holiday sponsors who help by providing gifts, and a strong case management component to help when barriers to success arise. The event featured a variety of tables such as a raffle table, bake sale table, and a craft table which benefited the Malayaka house. The event raised $300 for the Single Parent Program.
STUDENT CLOTHING DRIVE: On the same day as the Holiday Hoopla students Samantha Hoeltge ‘15 and Katya Schur Narula ‘15 organized a clothing and toiletry drive. In total over 20 full bags were donated and delivered to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), which provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.
FOOD DRIVE: The administrative team of the Information Technology & Science department is hosting a food drive through Thursday Dec. 12. which aims to re-stock the local food shelves before the busy Christmas season. Donations can be dropped off in Perry Hall or Lakeside. If you can guess how many pounds of food will be donated you can win a $25 gift card to the supermarket of your choice (guesses can be submitted at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1i42_3pUvHIxRbWZq-XF9GOD6qvMCm_AF60Az3MuCPeI/viewform)!
Don’t know what to donate? Here is a list of what food shelves are in need of:
Stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, pie filling, canned pumpkin
Canned proteins: tuna, chicken, beef, etc.*
Canned fruits & vegetables*
Cereal & oatmeal
Canned ready-to-eat soups and chili*
Macaroni & cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc.*
Pasta & pasta Sauce
Portable ready-to-eat snack foods (granola bars, fruit snacks, trail mix)