Blinn College students, faculty, and staff have come together to provide meals for those in need this holiday season.

For the second consecutive year, the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (SLA) at the Blinn College-Bryan Campus sparked a widespread donation effort involving various campus programs.

In just two weeks, SLA collected 570 pounds of nonperishable food items to donate to the Brazos Valley Food Bank in Bryan.

“This is a great opportunity for Blinn College students to directly impact their community,” said Lane King, Student Activities Coordinator. “Our student organizations continuously volunteer their time and resources to make this college and community a better place.”

The Office of Student Leadership and Activities at Blinn provides opportunities for students to nurture their personal growth and development outside of the academic environment.

SLA oversees more than 80 student organizations encompassing a wide range of interests designed to promote individual growth, social responsibility, and leadership development. SLA coordinates major campus events with student organizations and campus departments and programs.

Blinn’s Radiologic Technology and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs were among the largest contributors to this year’s food drive. Collectively, the two programs donated 485 pounds of nonperishable food items to the cause.

“Donating food items is such a simple task yet makes such a great impact on the community,” said Warren Parker, Radiologic Technology Instructor. “I challenged my students to give what they could, and they rose to the occasion in a big way.”

The program also hosts its own food drive each semester to help feed hungry families year-round.

“It is really important to give back to the community that we serve,” said Kimberly Decker, EMS Instructor. “As EMS students, they understand the importance of public service and are always eager to help those in need in any way they can.”