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Incoming Thiel College students leading third annual food drive for Greenville community


Incoming Thiel College students leading third annual food drive for Greenville community

GREENVILLE, Pa.—On Sunday, August 22, first-year students at Thiel College will be holding the third annual community food drive in the morning to benefit Greenville’s Good Shepherd and Salvation Army food pantries.

As a service-learning project, the new students will spend their first weekend in Greenville placing bags on porches to collect food for those in need. That Tuesday morning, August 24, the same students will go back to pick up the bags of food for community members that wish to participate.

“After a hiatus due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to be able to continue our first-year student food drive this fall,” said Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Neuroscience Greg Butcher, Ph.D. “The need in our community has grown since the last drive in 2019. Food banks have reported an average increase in demand of 65% according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and nearly 1 in 5 children in Mercer County experience food insecurity (source  We hope to surpass the prior year’s record of 4,500 pounds to help meet this need.”

The Good Shepherd and Salvation Army food pantries are looking for nonperishable food items such as canned foods and dry goods.

Combined, Thiel College students have collected more than 7,500 pounds of food for the community since the first collection in 2018. This year, once donations are gathered, they will first be taken to the David Johnson Memorial Chapel to be weighed and sorted before being passed on to the respective food pantries later in the week.

“The food drive is so consistent with our Lutheran understanding and the way that many of the folks in our faith tradition see the church,” Campus Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 said. “The chapel is more than a place on Sunday morning but rather a place to build the community.”

Thiel College senior and Student Government Association President Hannah Uschock ’22 was also a key member of the event’s administrative team.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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