food_drive_amb_oconnor.jpgMarch 13 to 17 is spring break at Mayville State University. This means that many students headed for home, or maybe to warm and sunny places for rest and relaxation. Others, however, stayed on campus and in town so they could work at their jobs and find other things to do closer to their Mayville State home.

Spring break also means the campus cafeteria is closed, which left those students who stayed on campus or in town on their own for meals. At first glance, this may not seem like such a big deal, but the spring semester is ticking away and financial aid funds may be dwindling for many students as the semester comes to a close.

To help make sure the food needs of these students were covered, Mayville State University Staff Senate announced a food drive on March 7. Donations were collected until Friday, March 10. Faculty and staff stepped up in a big way! Enough food, including cereal, Ramen noodles, granola bars, soups, bread, fruit cups, and much more, was collected to put together 35 over-stuffed grocery bags. Additional donations that didn’t fit into the 35 bags meant a mid-week snack boost distribution.

“The generosity and outpouring of support from MSU staff and faculty is truly amazing!” said Misti Wuori, who proposed the food drive. Wuori is vice president of the MSU Staff Senate.

Care packages were left for students to pick up at the campus mail room and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. They disappeared as quickly as they appeared, and students were grateful for this gesture of personal service that meant they wouldn’t go hungry during spring break 2017. 

Photo caption: Jessica Amb, Staff Senate president, (left) and Mindy O’Connor, Staff Senate past president, (right) were among the Staff Senators who assembled spring break care packages for Mayville State students.