Fighting holiday hunger

Student government, AMA host annual food drive for Project Starburst

Student government is partnering with American Marketing Association (AMA) to host the annual Holiday Food Drive.

All of the food will be donated to Project Starburst of Big Rapids. The organization’s mission is to provide food and non-perishables to Mecosta and Osceola counties residents who are in need of assistance.

Vice President of Community Service for AMA Anders Johnson believes Project Starburst has a large impact on the community.

“I know the holidays are a tough time for a lot of people,” Johnson said. “I want to do my best to help out.”

Student Government Director of Public Relations Carman Plank said it’s important to get the campus involved with helping out the community.

“If we stay involved, we’ll feel more at home in Big Rapids,” Plank said.

Students, faculty and staff can donate to the Holiday Food Drive through their residence hall, their registered student organization or tables in the IRC and FLITE.

All residence halls on campus have a chance to win a pizza party by donating the highest amount of non-perishable goods.

RSOs who donate the largest amount of goods also have the chance to win $50 to the Copy Center. Each RSO is responsible for bringing its donations to the student government office located in Helen Ferris by Nov. 22.

Representatives from student government and AMA will be in the IRC and FLITE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 through 14 and 19 through 21. When donating items at these tables, students are entered in a raffle for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.

“Mecosta [County] is one of the poorest counties in the state of Michigan,” Anders said. “AMA is happy to help combat poverty by helping out Project Starburst with the help of Student Government.”