CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 9, 1999
Hillel Jewish Center leads food drive to help area
IOWA CITY -- With the Thanksgiving holiday a little
more than three weeks away, the Aliber-Hillel Jewish Student Center at the
University of Iowa will collect canned goods and dried foods Nov. 14 - 20
for distribution to less fortunate families in the Iowa City area.
David Leventhal, a Jewish Campus Service Corps fellow,
who is helping coordinate the center's food drives, says all donations collected
will be distributed to the Emergency Housing Project, 31 North Gilbert, in
Crissy Canganelli, director, Emergency Housing Project,
says last year the agency fed 835 men, women and children. Beyond the daily
number that workers plan for, Canganelli says the agency might additionally
feed 20 persons who stop at the agency for its services.
Canganelli says the agency can always use non-perishable
items such as beans, rice, and coffee. She says the agency is appreciative
of the Iowa City community's help, but adds that a popular misperception is
that homelessness and hunger increase seasonally.
"People's awareness increases around the holidays
and when it gets cold. We rely on donations year-round, in the heat of the
summer, as well as when it's cold," she says.
"We're glad to be helped by the UI organization and
other area organizations," she says, adding there is a particular need for
canned soup, similar staple food items, and protein rich foods.
Donations may be made now through Nov. 20 at The Hillel
Center, 122 East Market Street, or at the Emergency Housing Project.