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PR # 111 December 18, 2008

RVCC STUDENTS ORGANIZE DRIVE FOR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

The students at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch have been spending the holiday season collecting food for those who are less fortunate.

The College?s Anthropology Club, Student Government Association and other student organizations have launched a ?Meals in a Bag? program to replenish depleted food pantries in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. The recent and dramatic economic downturn has left many families and individual scrambling for food. So far, RVCC students have collected more than 400 meals to distribute to area food banks.

The ?Meals in a Bag? program was initiated by RVCC Professor Steve Kaufman, advisor to the College?s Anthropology Club.

Members of the RVCC community were asked to buy non-perishable meals, place them in paper bags and deposit them into collection containers found throughout the campus. Recipients of the ?Meals in a Bag? program have included the Somerset County Food Bank, Open Cupboard in High Bridge and the Franklin Food Bank.

?Meals in a Bag? is part of the larger ?RVCC Cares? program that has included such initiatives as ?Sight Night,? ?Hopeline? cell phone collection, ?Wrapped in Love? and a Branchburg Rotary children?s book drive.

For more information about ?RVCC Cares? programs, contact Mary Sullivan, executive director of Student Life and Civic Engagement, 908-526-1200, ext. 8318.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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