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Student Affairs Staffers at Loyola University New Orleans Help Feed the Hungry This Holiday Season

Loyola press release - December 17, 2015

For the seventh year in a row, when students leave campus for the holiday, the staff in Student Affairs remains and volunteers with a community organization.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Loyola Student Affairs employees renewed their annual Help for the Holidays service project. In lieu of holding a traditional office party, a group of 35 employee volunteers from the Loyola University New Orleans Office of Student Affairs united with Second Harvest Food Bank to help prepare meals for low-income children and pack food delivery boxes for families in need.

The Office of Student Affairs began their annual service project in 2008. In keeping with the Ignatian tenet of ‘service to others,’ the staff works as a team each year with a local organization in need of volunteers.

“We are excited to continue our service project this year by working with the food bank and look forward to carrying on this tradition with our colleagues for many years to come,” said Amy Boyle, director of Residential Life. “It’s very rewarding for us to help our community as a team because it really brings us together and reinforces our commitment to doing work that makes a difference—for our students and in the community.”

This year marked the first time the team work with Second Harvest Food Bank. Past projects have included volunteering with the St. Bernard Project, rebuilding homes after Hurricane Katrina, and working with Arc of Greater New Orleans.

“This is our 7th year of Help for the Holidays, and I am proud of our continual commitment to forgo the usual “office party” for something inspired by our mission,” said Cissy Petty, vice president for Student Affairs. “Serving the community at Christmas time has become a favored Student Affairs tradition.”

Second Harvest Food Bank serves as the largest charitable anti-hunger network in Louisiana. The nonprofit provides food to community members in need through 474 partners and programs across a 23-parish service territory, from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. Second Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger and building food security in South Louisiana, and is always in need of volunteers to help fulfill its mission.

For more information about volunteering with the Second Harvest Food Bank, contact Taylor Bartley at tbartley@secondharvest.org or call the food bank directly at (504) 734-1322.