Gannon University Students Reap a Golden Harvest

Posted: March 31, 2017

Students from Gannon University’s Honors Program, academic honor societies coordinated the Golden Harvest Food and Toiletries Drive to benefit six Erie-area food pantries.

An on-campus drive collected packaged food items and toiletries, followed by a door-to-door effort in an Erie neighborhood. This is the third year for the food drive in its present form.  In 2015, 965 items were donated to local food pantries. Last year, 3,431 items were collected.

The academic honor societies are Phi Eta Sigma, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students, Lambda Sigma, a national honor society for second-year students and Tri-Beta national biology honor society.

Receiving the donations are the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, and food pantries at the Erie City Mission, the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), the Salvation Army, the Cathedral of St. Paul Episcopal and St. Peter Cathedral.

Ann Bomberger, director of the Honors Program, said that said that one in three people in Erie County seek assistance from food banks. “A lot of people think about hunger and food insecurity around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but food scarcity is an issue all year long.  This drive is intended to help support our community members who are in need.”