The Net Impact chapter at Antioch University New England (AUNE) is asking you to make it a habit: Every time you shop, pick up a nonperishable food item to help feed the hungry. To encourage you, the Net Impact students are launching a pledge drive, called the Perpetual Food Pledge, the week of January 16.
You can sign up at the table in the AUNE lobby or go online to make your pledge. The first fifty people to sign up will receive a grocery bag with the Perpetual Food Pledge logo. Net Impact’s goal is one hundred pledges by January 31.
“We took on this project with the hope that it will bring awareness to the fact that the number of people who experience food insecurity in New Hampshire has increased by ninety percent since 2006,” said AUNE student Becky Holt, an MBA candidate and a member of Net Impact. “Grabbing one additional healthy, non-perishable food item every time you shop for groceries is a way of acknowledging that hunger is not only something that a small demographic of people grapple with during the winter monthsâ€”it is a year-round, silent struggle of your neighbors.”
Drop your donation wherever you wishâ€”your town’s food shelf, church food-donation box or in the food drop box at the supermarket. There will also be a donation box at AUNE whose contents will go to the Keene Community Kitchen.
The idea for the Perpetual Food Pledge started with Antioch University Los Angeles, and was brought to the AUNE Net Impact chapter by Polly Chandler, chair of the Department of Management, and Bonnie Powers, director of web services. Powers said the launch of the Perpetual Food Pledge coincides with both the Martin Luther King/Jonathan Daniels Day of Service and a time when many people make New Year resolutions. It’s also the time of year when donations drop off and food shelves and kitchens often find their cupboards bare.
Membership in AUNE’s Net Impact chapter is open to all MBA in Sustainability students.