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Moravian College Conducting Food Drive for New Bethany Ministries

Bethlehem, Pa., December 8, 2008—Members of the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary Community are donating non-perishable food in a December food drive to help stock the pantry of New Bethany Ministries (NBM), one of the leading organizations for serving poor and homeless individuals in the Bethlehem community.  The food services that NBM offers include both a food pantry and a hospitality center where the soup kitchen is located.

The College and Seminary are collecting non-perishable food items at locations around Moravian’s campuses from December 1 through 18.  “January, with the holidays over, can be a challenging time for food pantries,” said Florence Kimball, dean of the Comenius Center and one of the organizers of the food drive at Moravian College. “This year, NBM anticipates an even greater need as the economy leaves more families without adequate income.  We hope that our efforts will help sustain the NBM pantry during a difficult time.”

“We at Moravian College have an opportunity to help care for families in our community who have been hardest hit by the economic downturn.” Kimball continued. “The College is also holding a Community Holiday Feast where volunteers from Moravian serve a festive meal to NBM’s clients, and people from other like organizations.”

Other organizers at the College are Jon Conrad, director of human resources, and Bev Kochard, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, with support from Moravian United Student Government. Anyone wishing to make a cash contribution may write a check (payable to New Bethany Ministries) and forward the check to Jon Conrad in Human Resources, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pa., 18018.  Questions and suggestions may be e-mailed to 2008fooddrive@moravian.edu

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.