Molloy College breaks record collecting and giving food
by Nick Crispino
Molloy College not only strives in academics but also in giving back to the community as they continued their decade-long run of "Bag Day." Students and faculty members took some time out of their summer to provide the residents of South Hempstead, Rockville Centre, and Baldwin with bags for the purpose of donating food and school supplies. The recipients of this service are the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), an institution which provides emergency shelter, soup kitchens, and a long-term housing program for the homeless, and Saint Martin de Porres Marianist school, located in Uniondale.
"It's getting students into the mode of giving back and doing some community service work," said Bob Houlihan, Vice President of Student Affairs. "We set the students on the right track, letting them know we have a lot and we should be sharing." Over 5,000 residents received these bags for donations, and the freshmen class also chipped in, bringing in canned food on Orientation day.
The INN's previous record of a donation for food was 1,100 pounds, set last year by Molloy College. This year, the program broke its previous record, supplying over 2,200 pounds of food. Without a doubt, this year became one of the most successful "Bag Days" in Molloy history.
Molloy College also has the Community Service Work Study program, which provides students the chance to give back to their community. The program is aimed at helping students to develop professional skills, hands-on learning experience outside the classroom, and encouraging students to explore non-profit organizations.