From April 1- 9, Samantha Coffing and Makenzie Quissell will be working with the Honors College and the University College in a food drive to support the Sycamore Food Pantry. Samantha and Makenzie both attend Indiana State University and have been chosen as princesses in the 500 Festival for 2021. Their goal is to collect 500 donations to support the pantry.

The 500 Festival describes the program as, “Presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis, [The 500 Festival Princesses Festival] celebrates Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Each year, 33 college-aged women are selected as 500 Festival Princesses and serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, their hometowns, and their colleges/universities... In the months leading up to May, the Virtual 500 Festival Princesses will perform virtual outreaches with community organizations, including hospitals, schools, and nonprofits. As a part of Samantha’s and Makenzie’s outreach to community organizations, they will be collecting donations to the Sycamore Food Pantry, which has been serving the community since 2019.

Donations to the Pantry can be dropped off at the Office of Campus Life, Pickerl Hall or the University College. The offices are open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-5pm. The Pantry accepts non-perishable goods such as canned food or monetary donations. The drive runs April 1- 9. All proceeds will go to the Sycamore Food Pantry.   

The Sycamore Food Pantry is located at the far North side of the Student Rec Center in Room 131. ISU students that provide an ID can shop at the pantry once a week. The amount of food and non-food items that can be taken depends on whether the student is a couple or has children. For a single student without children, they can be allowed 13 food items and three non-food items.

Supporting Samantha Coffing’s and Makenzie Quissell’s food drive means supporting the Sycamore Food Pantry. Quissell says, “I feel as if I don't see too many fundraisers across campus happening for the Food Pantry compared to other organizations and we thought it would be a great way to not only support them but get the Sycamore Food Pantry's name out there.” The Pantry helps students here who need an extra hand when finding food for their next meal. Any can, granola bar box, cereal or other non-perishable food is one step closer to reaching the goal of 500 donations. Monetary donations of cash, coins or checks will also help achieve this goal.