Daniel Celebertti, ASCC vice president, donating a non-perishable food item to the ‘Yes We Can’ food drive. (Careesa Campbell/Clarion)
The annual holiday food drive sponsored by student government is now underway and concludes Nov. 21.
Students are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at five locations across campus: the library, Math Building lobby, Administration Building, Campus Center and Student Services Building lobby.
All donations benefit Citrus students in need, as well as the Foothill Unity Center, which provides food, case management, and crisis help and access to health care resources across 11 San Gabriel Valley cities. Sara Acevedo, 26, Associated Students of Citrus College commissioner of activities, said everything about this event is student-oriented.
“Students are maintaining, managing and benefiting from the drive,” she said.
At Citrus, food donations will be distributed to the Health Center, where the items will be given to students who are in need.
Daniel Celebertti, ASCC vice president, said donating to this cause is a great way to set an example.
“It’s great for us to try and give back to the community,” he said. “[When I donated] I felt like I was doing my part, no matter how small. Every can counts. It’s very easy to donate.”
Alejandra Toribio, Inter Club Council adviser, said the canned food drive is being run as a club competition to encourage student involvement.
“They seem to be really into it, so that’s the best part,” she said. As of Nov. 18, Film Club was in the lead with the most donations.
So far, more than 100 food items have been donated.
“The fact that it’s going to directly benefit the students on campus is why it’s such a good idea,” Toribio said. “Students should donate because you may never know who is in need. Even just one can can help a student.”