Erin Blasko | February 26, 2020
Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger hosted a mobile food pantry in collaboration with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church earlier this month with volunteer support from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT).
Volunteers from Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger, as well as OIT, distributed food to dozens of clients from 9 a.m. to noon, including milk, bread, meat, cheese, canned goods and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger is the University of Notre Dame’s annual food drive. The group supports People Gotta Eat and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. It raised $27,850 and collected nearly 300 pounds of food for the two organizations in 2019.
“I feel like those of us at Notre Dame are just truly blessed, and there are so many people around us that are in need,” said Anne Kolaczyk, lead tech training specialist in OIT and chair of Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger. “That’s why we do the food drive every year.”
Kolaczyk said coworkers from OIT were looking for a service project last fall and were happy to join volunteers with Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger at the mobile pantry.
“We have a strong culture of community service” in OIT, Kolaczyk said, from collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House, to raising money for breast cancer research and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County.
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