Campus Hosts Governor’s Bowl Challenge Food Drive
Jul 10, 2012
On Thursday, June 14, the Roanoke Valley Campus hosted the Governor’s Bowl Challenge food drive. Governor Bob McDonnell issued a competition challenging the Chambers of Commerce in Virginia to collect food for the Feeding America food banks from Memorial Day through July 4th. The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber accepted the challenge and set up twenty food collection sites around the valley. National College was chosen to be the designated collection site on June 14. Students, faculty, and staff donated food for the cause. Local news station, WSLS News Channel 10, was on hand to do a live broadcast, and the Salem Ice Cream Parlor showed support by scooping free ice cream for anyone who donated.
“People tend to give to pantries more in winter, but forget them in summer,” said Salem-Roanoke County Chamber Executive Director Debbie Kavitz, “But students home from school don’t have breakfast or lunch provided in the summer, and the need is equal, if not greater.” Chamber president and Roanoke Valley Campus Director Lew Bishop said, “When the governor issued the challenge, we at the College wanted to participate. Without the school lunches [in the summer], there is a huge need in this whole area to fill the food banks, and we’re happy to be a part of that process.” The winning Chamber will be personally presented by the governor with a locally hand-crafted bowl in appreciation of their efforts.
Lindsey Ward from WSLS News Channel 10 is pictured broadcasting live at the Roanoke Valley Campus about the Governor’s Bowl Challenge Food Drive.