Shippensburg University launches community food drive

Shippensburg University is set to launch a community-wide food drive on April 2 as part the 17 days of kindness that will commemorate Laurie A. Carter’s inauguration as the university’s 17th president.

The items collected will be donated to the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition’s Hound Packs Program. This program serves students in need in the Shippensburg Area School District by providing a backpack of seven meals over the weekend during the school year.

Carter and the university community will officially kick-off the 17 days of kindness on March 29 at 3:15 p.m. with a flash mob making a giant “wave of kindness” on the football field.

Food drive items for collection include, plastic jars of peanut butter, plastic jars of fruit preserves, plastic jars of spaghetti sauce, whole wheat spaghetti noodles, cans of tuna, boxed cheerios, protein bars and apple sauce.

Donation boxes are available in various locations across campus, including the UPS Store and downtown at the Shippensburg Chamber office. For more information, contact Javita Thompson at