Clarion, Pa.- Stuff-A-Truck returned for its second year here at Clarion, but there was no sophomore slump to be found. According to Lydia Whisler, who helped coordinate the event, this year’s iteration “far exceeded both last year and the expectations of all who were involved this year.”
Stuff-A-Truck is a campus-driven food drive designed, organized and operated by ABLE, the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement, with any and all collections going to the Clarion Chamber of Commerce’s “FoodStock” event.
FoodStock is an annual county-wide food drive typically held during the community’s Autumn Leaf Festival, and it benefits all 13 Clarion County Food Banks. All donations collected throughout the event are then gathered at the local Clarion Mall before being distributed to the surrounding food banks.
From Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, 1,151 non-perishable food items were collected from various campus organizations and groups, with considerably large donations coming from the National Student Speech Language & Hearing Association, the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement and the Clarion Panhellenic Council.
According to Clarion student Zacheriah Roberts, who planned the event, this volume of donations was a “significant increase from last year, where we were only able to collect 418 items. These donations accounted for roughly 20 percent of the 5,987 items collected in total throughout the event.”
On the meaningful contribution of the campus organizations involved, Whisler said, “We have a group of students here at Clarion who really truly care about their community and the well-being of others, and this event clearly illustrates that.”