USciences Donates More than 450 Thanksgiving Meals

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on November 27, 2018

The USciences community donated Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of families in West Philadelphia during the seventh annual Appeal for a Meal food drive on November 19.

Students, faculty, and staff collected the food for 453 meals to be donated to the annual campaign coordinated by the office of student life in partnership with Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, Dimitri Dimopoulous, the owner of Allegro Pizza, and Sodexo USA.

“Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year possible,” said Caroline O’Neill, a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Life. “We really appreciate your support.”

Student organizations and various departments from across the University donated cans of fruit, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls to accompany the turkeys donated by Dimopoulous and dessert donated by Sodexo. All of the holiday staples were packed into bags donated by Trader Joes and loaded into a moving truck to be transported to Allegro, where they would be picked up by families. Each bag serves four to six people.

The students of Phi Sigma Pi donated 73 bags, the most meals out of all the student organizations participating. The Department of Biological Sciences donated 144 bags of food, the most among the University’s departments. Both will be rewarded with a pizza party on behalf of USciences President Paul Katz.

“The reason I volunteered for appeal for a meal is just to spread the love everyone needs for the holiday,” said Billy Librizzi DrOT’21. “I really wanted to help out so everyone could have a good holiday.”

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