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Westminster senior led food drive for Mercer families in need

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Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2023

A Westminster College senior education major recently conducted a service-learning project to benefit the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County. 

Alexa Ransom ’23, an early childhood and special education major with a psychology minor from Wampum, Pa., created the “Change Can Start With Us” food drive as her service-learning project for her induction into the international honor society in education Kappa Delta Pi. 

Ransom set two main goals for her service project—to acquire as many donations of canned goods and non-perishables as possible and to spread awareness about food insecurity. 

Ransom accepted non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, stews or soups, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, pasta, cereal and fruit juices. She welcomed monetary contributions, as well.

“My hope was that this food drive would help families and children in need,” said Ransom. “I wanted to provide people with ways that they can contribute to such an important cause.”

With the help of family, community members, Hall Industries, ADP of Robinson, Lawrence County Courthouse and its Domestic Relations Department employees, Ransom was able to surpass her expectations of the food drive. 

Ransom was able to donate over 600 pounds of food to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County —a Sharon, Pa.-based food bank that donates items to Mercer County families and children in need. 

“Fighting hunger is a passion of mine and I am beyond thankful for everyone who contributed to this important cause,” says Ransom. “Together, change truly CAN start with us.”

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