Residence Halls Help Feed Hungry

The Arkansas Tech University residence halls are once again helping feed the hungry this holiday season.  The Office of Residential Life is sponsoring a “Helping Halls” food drive competition.

The halls are collecting sets of food that will be donated to the Salvation Army’s annual food drive, which provides a Thanksgiving meal to those in need.

All Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the drive, and the residence hall that collects the most sets of food will win a prize for their residence hall.

The food sets consists of several items needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and organizers say it costs approximately $11 to make a complete meal set.

A complete set of food includes the following items:

  • Can of turkey gravy
  • Can of sweet potatoes
  • Can of green beans or peas
  • Box of stuffing
  • Box of mashed potatoes
  • Can of cranberries
  • Can of pie filling
  • Pie crust (not frozen)
  • Bag of marshmallows

Last year, Arkansas Tech faculty, staff and students collected about 150 sets of food, which helped provide meals for nearly two-thirds of the families the Salvation Army helped feed.  Organizers say they hope to collect 200 sets of food this year.

Food should be dropped off on Monday, November 15, in the Office of Residential Life.  Those groups donating full sets of food are asked to compile the sets in plastic bags to help with sorting.

To find out more about donating, contact Kevin Solomon at