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USciences Helps Feed over 350 Families this Thanksgiving

Published on December 1, 2020

Appeal for a MealDespite the COVID-19 pandemic, USciences ninth annual Appeal for a Meal food drive was a success, collecting just over 350 Thanksgiving meals for West Philadelphia families in need. 

Students, faculty, and staff donated bags filled with staples of a Thanksgiving meal including vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. With the help of Allegro Pizza, who provided a turkey to accompany each bag, USciences was able to give back to the local community. Because so many of the USciences community were off campus this year, the Office of Student Life also offered an option to donate the cost of a bag directly to the effort.

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Coordinator of student activities Gabriella Longenbach oversaw this year’s event, and commended the University community’s outpouring of support. 

“Every time I thought the donations were done, more staff, faculty, and students arrived to drop off bags,” shared Longenbach. “It truly was a sight to see, and showed out University’s holiday spirit and dedication to service.”

The filled reusable bags, which were donated to the event by Trader Joe’s, were loaded into a truck by staff and students on November 24, and transported to Allegro’s to be distributed in time for the holiday.  

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy led the donations this year with 68 bags. 


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