Quinsigamond Community College’s Feed-A-Family program is an annual tradition of providing holiday meals to QCC families for more than 20 years. Each year QCC Counseling Services in conjunction with the Dean of Students works to help alleviate some of the stress families may have during the holidays. The college community forwards the names and pertinent data of students who may need help and support during the holidays to the Feed-A- Family committee, making sure that everything is done confidentially. The cash donations received for the Feed-A-Family program are used to purchase gift cards to a local grocery store in order to help families get what they need to make their holidays a bit brighter.
“In the past we have collected between $3,000 -$5,000. We usually receive nominations for between 70 -100 families and I’m happy to say we have never turned anyone away,” said Elizabeth Woods, Dean for Compliance and Education, and one of the founders of the program.
Currently, the Counseling Office is offering an opportunity to win a Fit Bit Charge 2 through a raffle to help raise more funds for the Feed-A-Family Program.
“In the spirit of fostering a healthy you, we have decided to support our annual Feed-A- Family appeal with a raffle and a prize,” said Tina Wells, QCC Counseling Services. “The Fit Bit Charge 2 was donated to the Counseling Services office and we decided it would be beneficial to the community and a little fun.”
Those interested in entering the raffle are asked to fill out the attached form, place it along with payment in a sealed envelope addressed to Tina Wells, and drop it in Box#144 or in Room 162. The drawing will be help on Monday, October 2. The winner will be noticed by phone and email.
Student Life and the QCC Campus Police have also played a part in the Feed-A-Family program. Last year QCC Counseling Services partnered with the QCC Campus Police to Stuff-A-Cruiser. Faculty, staff and students brought new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and movie tickets for a Feed-A-Family child to “stuff” in a QCC cruiser. Families were then able to select donated toys for each child in their family. The Stuff-A-Cruiser program will continue as a support program to the Feed-A-Family program and will host this event later in the year.