Students at Lone Star College-Kingwood wrapped up their community wide food drive to help victims of Hurricane Ike.
The food drive, held in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, collected over 100 boxes of canned food and other non-perishable goods, $500 in monetary donations and $60 in phone cards.
Held between October 1 and October 16, the food drive was the idea of LSC-Kingwood student Andrew Robinson.
"While watching the news coverage of the hurricane, I felt so useless, like I needed to be doing something. And then I saw a story on the food shortage at the Houston Food Bank and it was like, that's something I could do," he said.
With the help of other students and Diane Blanco, director of college relations at LSC-Kingwood, what started out as a campus-wide food drive, turned into a community-wide effort. Area businesses, churches and schools got on board and had collection boxes out.
"LSC-Kingwood is proud to have students who take the initiative and push a project like this forward. I'm proud of all the students, Andrew in particular, who dedicated their time and talents to make this food drive successful," said Blanco.
Hurricane Ike was one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the United States and families in Houston and Galveston areas are still dealing with the aftermath.
The Houston Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization leading the fight against hunger. A certified member of Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network) the Houston Food Bank distributed 35 million pounds of food to nearly 400 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.