BU students repackage 12 tons of food

For immediate release: April 29, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Twelve tons of food from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's campus dining service, Aramark, has been repackaged and distributed to those in need in the Bloomsburg community. The program, the Bloomsburg University Food Recovery Project, concluded its third year at the end of Earth Week, celebrated from April 20 to 24.

Every weeknight, Aramark personnel gathered unsold food, which students repackaged and stored in coolers. Another volunteer picked up the food and delivered it to an area agency, including the Women's Center and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Aramark provided gloves, utensils and some of the containers needed for the work.

Approximately 50 to 150 pounds of food was repackaged each night, said Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator in BU's SOLVE volunteer office. The following student groups assisted in this year's program: Spanish Club, Honors Program, Civic Engagement Living Learning Community, Helping Professions Living Learning Community, National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association and Protestant Campus Ministry. Each group selected a night when they were responsible for providing volunteers to package the food in deli containers, then label and pack the containers in boxes. Other individuals and student groups, including Greek organizations and living learning communities, also volunteered for the project.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.