e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | November 9, 2012 Twitter Facebook

Students help those in need

Margaret DeOliveira ’13 loads food to be delivered to New Bethany Ministries.

On Friday, October 12th, students had a unique opportunity to help New Bethany Ministries, a local food pantry in South Bethlehem. Students were able to donate part or all of their swipe change to raise money to buy fresh produce for New Bethany Ministries. Members of Greek Life and Margaret DeOliveira '13 will deliver the produce during the week of November 19 and make baskets for the patrons of New Bethany.

This is the third fresh produce drive and fourth food drive that has been held on-campus in the past three years. In total, the Moravian College community has donated over $3,000 in fresh produce and 1,500 cans of food. Fiona Byrne, Assistant Director of the Mollard Hospitality Center, at New Bethany Ministries would like to thank Moravian College, “for many New Bethany Ministries has always been an emergency food stop and with your help, we will be able to provide a better Thanksgiving for many people who would otherwise go without.”

Margaret DeOliveira '13 has been instrumental in the leadership of the food drives. Since her first-year on campus, Margret has been an advocate for New Bethany Ministries. In addition to organizing these food drives, she volunteers regularly at New Bethany Ministries, and serves as the student volunteer coordinator  for New Bethany Ministries in the Center for Leadership and Service.

Mark Kopenhaver, Director of Food Services, worked closely with Margaret to support the food drive in conjunction with the student swipes. Additionally, members of Greek Council provided publicity and volunteers for the Food Drive.