Penn State DuBois students donate to local food pantry

DUBOIS, Pa. — Penn State DuBois students who traveled to New Orleans on an alternative spring break service trip have completed a food drive benefiting the DuBois Ministerial Food Pantry. The drive netted 413 packaged, nonperishable food items, plus $362.

Students who take part in the alternative spring break service trips also enroll in a service orientated class and are required to complete a local service project. The food drive, as well as a sleep-out event to raise money and awareness of the struggles against poverty, were what students chose to complete as their local service project.  During the sleep-out, students spent the night in cardboard boxes on the lawn in front of campus, along Route 255, and accepted donations for their cause.

During their time in New Orleans, students served with Stop Hunger Now, volunteered at the Ozanam Inn Homeless Shelter, and worked to build houses with Habitat for Humanity in neighborhoods still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a full decade after the storm.