LCSN: Feed Las Cruces calls students to service

October 15, 2016. Retrieved online October 17, 2016 from Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-News

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LAS CRUCES – Students from New Mexico State University knocked on doors across the city Saturday — for reasons that had nothing to do with Election Day. They were, instead, collecting donations of canned food and dry goods for the Feed Las Cruces Food Drive.

The half-day event was organized by William Gould, associate dean for research in the NMSU College of Business and a professor of applied statistics in the university’s Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business. All of the food collected by students Saturday was donated to Casa de Peregrinos.

“This is my fifth time doing this,” Gould told the Sun-News Saturday, standing in the parking lot of the Pan American Center, which served as a drop-off point for donations, as well as home base for students going door-to-door. “Back in the late nineties, I did it for three years in a row. Then I did it again in 2004, as part of The Big Event that occurred at New Mexico State. This year, I wanted to revive it and bring it back.”

Gould said four student groups from the College of Business volunteered, including Delta Sigma Pi, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the American Statistical Association and the Society for Human Resources.

“We also had the Molecular Biology Graduate Student Organization, and a student from a Civil Engineering group who came out to help,” Gould said.

The Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions took it upon themselves to create inter-office food drives leading up to Feed Las Cruces, and contributed that food to the effort.

Shelby Stuckel, a staff member at Casa de Peregrinos, said drives like Feed Las Cruces help feed more residents of Doña Ana County.

Lorenzo Alba, executive director of Casa de Peregrinos, said service projects like Feed Las Cruces create learning opportunities and contribute to a lifelong culture of philanthropy.

Saturday’s Feed Las Cruces Food Drive collected 1,327 lbs. of canned food and dry goods. Stuckel said this will provide residents of Doña Ana County with 1,592 meals — and is valued at $2,282.

“Those of us who have so much need to be aware of the fact that there a lot of people that don’t have very much at all,” Gould said. “If we can all just do our own little part to improve that situation.”

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