McCook Community College's Phi Theta Kappa along with a couple sections of College Success Classes are launching a three-pronged food drive this week through Friday. What began as a PTK food drive grew to a campus-wide food drive and now will reach out to the community for a larger, contactless effort this year with all collections going to the McCook Food Pantry.
PTK Sponsor Shannon Corder said since most of the usual regional and national PTK conferences and other activities have been shut down since March over COVID-19 concerns, the regional chapter decided to get all chapters involved in their local food drives for the holidays, in a friendly competition.
McCook's PTK will collect non-perishable foods to support the Food Pantry. Drop-off locations have been established on campus at Walsh-Brady Hall (upstairs and downstairs) , the von Riesen Library Learning Commons, and McMillen Hall. Monetary donations are also welcome and members of the public are encouraged to help in the efforts.
When students in MCC's College Success Classes heard about the drive, they decided to get more students involved in the effort.
One section of the class decided to reach out to all campus groups, teams and organizations challenging them to also contribute to the local food pantry effort in a friendly competition. They contacted The Loop Brewing Company who will offer pizza as a prize to the group that collects and contributes the most canned food items.
Another section of the class decided to distribute a limited number of brown bags around the community asking residents to fill with non-perishable foods. These students went out Monday will return to pick up the bags Friday between 10-11 a.m. To ensure contactless exchanges the group is asking residents to leave their filled bags on porches or somewhere visible.
"A lot of groups and organizations have been limited this year on what they can do for community-service type projects, including our students. When the regional PTK chapter issued a chapter challenge, I'm proud how our students brainstormed and came up with viable ways they can get more involved and make a difference on a local level," Corder said.
If you'd like to contribute and did not receive a brown bag, or if you have other questions, please contact Shannon Corder at 308-345-8133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We appreciate everyone in the community who will take the time to find the bags and read about our efforts and consider donating canned goods. We think it is a fun and worthwhile project and it will mean a lot to local families in need," Corder said.