Giving Tuesday focuses on nourishing students in need at Replenish

Campus efforts on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29 will focus on ensuring all Laker students succeed in the classroom because they have access to quality food and personal care needs.

During the global day of philanthropy, the Grand Valley community will rally around Replenish, the student food and basic needs bank, through donations of food and personal care items or monetary gifts to the Replenish Student Food Resource Fund.

More than 1,000 Grand Valley students struggle with food security each year. Replenish, has locations on the Allendale, Pew Grand Rapids and Health campuses

President Philomena V. Mantella said she is grateful for the effort to stock the shelves and increase funding for this important student resource.

"Lakers helping Lakers is a tenet of our Grand Valley community," Mantella said. "I'm thrilled there is a concentrated effort to boost the resources at Replenish. We know when students do not have consistent access to food, it impacts their performance in the classroom. I extend my thanks to the teams behind Giving Tuesday and thank you to everyone who participates."

Laura Aikens, vice president for University Development, said the Grand Valley community is generous and consistently shows up for students.

"We are committed to caring for the whole student," Aikens said. "For alumni and friends who are new to Giving Tuesday, I hope this focus on Replenish inspires them to give and join us in this important work."

The importance of Replenish, GVSU's food and basic needs bank

On-campus Replenish Food Drive

Campus community members can drop off non-perishable food items and new personal care items at donation locations on both the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. View drop-off locations online.

The food drive continues through December 2.

In-person event

On Giving Tuesday, learn more about Replenish and give back by decorating care bags, signing thank you cards for Giving Tuesday donors, or dropping off non-perishable food donations. 

The event will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center lobby. 

Students with active meal plans can donate a meal to a student in need during this event. A staff member from Laker Food Co. will be available to assist.


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