COBHA Clubs Hold Food Drive to Benefit Local Pantry

October 23, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Earlier this month during the University of St. Francis’ celebration of SS. Francis and Clare Week, the student clubs and organizations in USF’s College of Business & Health Administration hosted their annual food drive to benefit a local food pantry, with the act serving as a reflection of two of the university’s core Franciscan values – service and compassion.

“This is an annual effort that our college’s student clubs organize as a way to give back to the local community,” said Amanda Dore, visiting professor of accounting. “We are extremely proud of the effort, as well as the result of the effort.”

The drive, which yielded a collection of over 1,100 non-perishable items, benefited the local food pantry housed in St. John’s Catholic Church, which is located Joliet’s Cathedral Area, along with USF.

“The St. John’s food pantry serves families in the 60435 zip code,” said Dore. “During a typical week, the pantry serves approximately 75 families. Once winter approaches, that number jumps to over 125 families each week. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to make a difference for those in need while bringing to life our university’s Franciscan values. This was a true university effort.”

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 4,100 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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