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Fall 2013

Community Involvement

Second Harvest Food Bank

Food Drive posterJoin the NDNU Community as we team up with Second Harvest Food Drive and NBC on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty will be out in front of Safeway at 1100 El Camino Real in Belmont to collect donations. Come and show your Argo spirit and purchase a $10 pre-packed bag to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties.

Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The food bank mobilizes individuals, companies and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. This year NDNU has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties, Safeway and KNTV (NBC 11) to collect canned/boxed food the week before Thanksgiving.

Second Harvest distributes food to people in need in every zip code of our service area from Daly City to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay. The majority of people they serve are seniors and low-income families with children. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and are the seventh largest food bank in the country. Each month, Second Harvest provides food to an average of 176,000 individuals. Of those they serve, 67 percent are families with children and 12 percent are senior citizens.

NDNU Brings Thanksgiving To Golden Gate Park

Thanksgiving in the ParkFor the 22nd year, students, faculty, staff and alums from NDNU will be sharing their meal with those less fortunate. Thanksgiving in Golden Gate Park is an annual event where the NDNU community shares food and drinks with the homeless at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

"This picnic will be used as an ice breaker to diminish barriers and facilitate conversations," explains Jesse Beecher, Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University president and NDNU Bonner Leader.

This time honored tradition will be hosted by the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center in collaboration with the Sociology Department. In years past, students and their families would sit down with the homeless to eat lunch and listen to their stories.

Thanksgiving in the ParkTo prepare for the event, students are collecting food and beverages to "help make this picnic a reality. "We are also looking for volunteers who would like to help with food preparation at the NDNU cafeteria on November 26 and 27," said Beecher.

The Dorothy Stang Center hosted a preliminary event on campus at St. Joseph's 1st Floor Lounge on November 14 from 6–9 p.m. The event, 'Breaking Barriers,' had speakers from Samaritan House and InnVision Shelter Network to talk about the need and ways to help the homeless community in the area.

For more information contact the Dorothy Stang Center at 650-508-4120.

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