Students Show That ‘Concord Cares A Ton’ With Food Collection Project

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 13 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Students at Concord University are working during the month of October to collect a ton of non-perishable food items for area food pantries.

The “Concord Cares A Ton” initiative is being undertaken by students in a University 100 class. All University 100 students are required to participate in a community service project this semester. 

The food that is collected will be donated to the Union Mission in Bluefield, W.Va. and the Salvation Army in Princeton, W.Va. Collections began on campus and in the community on Oct. 1 and will continue through Oct. 31.

“There is always high demand for food around holidays, but there are more and more needs throughout the year so we decided to beat the holiday rush and collect the food in October,” Tammy Monk, one of the instructors of the class, said. “Students are learning about the importance of caring for others and giving back to their community.”

Along with Mrs. Monk, Steve Jarvis is also an instructor for the University 100 class.

Helping the community and showing that Concord cares is compelling the students to reach their 2000 pound goal.

“We started this project because our class had a united interest in helping the community,” student Tyler Gilger said. “The class wanted to reach out and do the greatest good possible for Mercer County residents.”

Michael Kazeem sums the project up in the word “care.”

“It is what we really want to show our community,” he said.

Collection boxes are located at the Deli Mart, BB&T and the Town Hall in Athens, W.Va.  There are also multiple collection boxes throughout campus including in the residence halls, the library, the Student Center Welcome Center, University Point, the Rahall Atrium, and the Carter Center.

For additional information contact Tammy Monk at or 304-384-5325.


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