Roman Guatam ’11 (left) and Will Matteo ’11 prepare lunch at the Amherst Survival Center.
Tracey Levy of the Amherst Survival Center speaks at a Center for Community Engagement event.
Amherst College Staff, Students, and Faculty Rising Together to Address Poverty, Hunger, and Interfaith Engagement
We Did It!
June 13, 2012—We aimed to involve 75% of all faculty, staff and students in the Challenge; to collect 10,000 pounds of food and $10,000 for the Amherst Survival Center; and to engage 25% of all faculty, staff and students in interfaith engagement. The entire campus was mobilized around reducing poverty and hunger. From November through April 1 we collected 3,682 pounds of food. The campus rallied—sports teams, resident counselors, faculty and staff—and on June 2 we went over our goal of 10,000 pounds of food collected for the Amherst Survival Center. Read more in the report:
How Our Food Drive Is Making a Difference
On April 24, 2012, Tracey Levy of the Amherst Survival Center wrote to the Campus Challenge Committee:
The 7,000+ lbs of food that has been donated (so far) has provided nearly 5,400 meals to people in our region. This is critical as there was an 85% cut in federal funding for emergency food programs this year, and our Emergency Food Pantry saw 10% more people access food from its shelves.”
Check out the new Campus Challenge Calendar, for events, food donation opportunities and more.
The Campus Challenge is a way for all of Amherst College to celebrate what we are already doing; is a means by which together we can expand our expression of concern around poverty, hunger and interfaith engagement in the Amherst area; and is an opportunity to dissipate shadows around ‘us’ and ‘them’ and shed light on our best hopes for one another.
Amherst College’s Campus Challenge will focus on the alleviation of hunger and poverty. The Campus Challenge Committee has set the goal of 75-10-10-25:
- 75% of faculty, staff and students will be involved in some way in the Campus Challenge.
- We will raise $10,000 for the Amherst Survival Center.
- We will collect 10 tons of food for the Amherst Survival Center—see “Fill a Truck” details.
- 25% of faculty, staff and students will be involved in some form of interfaith engagement. Interfaith is defined broadly to include any person’s belief system whether that is religious, areligious, atheist, free thinker or something else.
- Read more about the Campus Challenge in Amherst’s news release.
Read Amherst Bulletin articles about Everybody Has a Story:
“Amherst College seeking stronger social connections in dining hall gatherings” and
“Focusing on real human contact.”