Can drive to benefit regional food bank being held for MLK Day of Service

Misericordia University students active in the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Program have scheduled a canned goods drive on campus to benefit one of the four food banks in the region in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21.

Misericordia University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public, are invited to donate canned goods to the Campus Ministry-led effort, which will benefit one of four food banks: Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Food Bank, Back Mountain Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, or the Noxen Food Pantry. The beneficiary of the canned goods drive will be decided by the popular vote of MU students. The University will deliver the collected items to the winning food bank.

Misericordia students and staff who are active in Campus Ministry will “can-struct’’ a large peace sign in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to represent how the campus and regional communities came together to provide a solution to one of the nation’s most pressing problems – hunger. Donations are being accepted at the office of Campus Ministry in the Banks Student Life Center, located on the upper campus, from Monday, Jan. 14 through Jan. 21.

“Our students are going to gather to construct a life-size figure out of cans alone,’’ said Kristen Mitchell Samuels, MSW, community outreach coordinator at Misericordia University. “This is going to take a lot of canned goods, so we also sent out letters to local grocery stores to garner support.’’

For more information about the MLK Day of Service canned goods collection at Misericordia University, please contact Samuels at (570) 674-8041 or e-mail her at