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‘Stuff the Truck’ Tradition Grows to Battle Hunger

Donations were collected at dropoff receptacles at five campus locations since late October.
Donations were collected at dropoff receptacles at five campus locations since late October.
Brittany R. Terpstra (right), a student assistant in the Student Activities Office, tallies Omega Delta Sigma's prize-winning contribution.
Brittany R. Terpstra (right), a student assistant in the Student Activities Office, tallies Omega Delta Sigma’s prize-winning contribution.
Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, adds to a donation barrel.
Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, adds to a donation barrel.
A heartened Sara H. Ousby watches as SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (center) and a Pepsi volunteer "Stuff the Truck."
A heartened Sara H. Ousby watches as SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (center) and a Pepsi volunteer “Stuff the Truck.”
Donations en route to local Salvation Army chapter.
Donations en route to local Salvation Army chapter.

Penn College’s third annual Stuff the Truck food drive brought in more than 1,300 nonperishable items to benefit the Williamsport Salvation Army Food Pantry. Students Making a Contribution, the Office for Diversity & Community Engagement and Pepsi partnered to sponsor the event, which will help local families in need this Thanksgiving. Participants were able to load their items into the Pepsi truck in the Bush Campus Center Loop on Tuesday and enjoy cider in the building’s lobby. Student organizations brought in a whopping 941 items, according to Sara H. Ousby, director of diversity and community engagement. Omega Delta Sigma, the national veterans fraternity, was the top organizational donor with 376 items and will win a bowling night for its members. Other campus groups that donated to the cause were Cru, Baja SAE, Health Information Association, Students of Musical Development, Construction Management Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Penn College Classic Cruisers, American Institute of Architecture Students, PCT 4×4 Club, Legal Society, Diesel Performance Club, Student Government Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. Wildcat student-athletes also participated with a sizable donation.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer