IC students work to deliver thousands of food items as part of campus initiative

By Gary Scott on November 24, 2015 at 12:57pm

Illinois College sophomore Alan Shawgo and junior Drew Szabados carry boxes of food to the Jacksonville Food Bank on Monday.

Illinois College students took time to deliver boxes of food collected in a campus food drive to the Jacksonville Food Bank on Monday.

IC collected nearly 1,800 items and $120 in cash for the food center’s Christmas Basket Program, according to a press release. The goal was to collect about 12-hundred items, representing every student and employee at Illinois College.

According to the press release, substantial contributions from student groups were made through community collection drives.

The Student Athletic Advisory Committee and student athletes launched a campus-wide campaign at the end of October by collecting 8-hundred items through a door-to-door Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods drive, followed by Alpha Phi Omega collecting 400 items through its annual Community Food Drive.

IC junior Taylor Donohoo is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon literary society.

“We had some girls pick up boxes from the residence halls and deliver them to the [site] where we held all the canned goods,” says Donohoo.

Another junior and member of Sigma Pi, Drew Szabados, talks about why he participated in the food drive.

“We’ve all been extremely lucky to be able to attend Illinois College. The community of Jacksonville does a lot for IC as far as supporting us through athletic events and the things that we do on campus,” says Szbados.

“It seems that the community here has a pretty good backing and it’s always nice to be able to help the people that live in this community that have helped make IC what it is today.”