THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University annual food drive has surpassed a milestone, having now collected more than 100,000 non-perishable food items since its inception in 2012.
Nicholls community members were in the giving spirit this year, donating 20,492 food items during Nicholls CAN, which was Oct. 29 through Nov. 9. That amount is the second-highest ever collected, an increase of 6,000 more than last year and nearly three times the stated goal of 7,000 items.
Collected food items are donated to food banks in Houma, Thibodaux, Raceland, Galliano and Dulac to be distributed during the holiday season.
Annually, more than 5 million households in the United States required the services of a food bank. Louisiana ranks 49th in food security with more than 20 percent of its residents having “limited or uncertain” access to foods, according to a report by Hunger Free America. In Louisiana, an estimated one in four children doesn’t have access to food, according to FeedingAmerica.org.
Since 2012, Nicholls Can has collected and donated more than 106,000 items.
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