Upstate physical therapy students kick off holiday food drive

SUNY Upstate DPT food drive

Students in Upstate's Doctor of Physical Therapy program are sponsoring a food drive on campus Nov. 25 through Dec. 13. Boxes will be in 10 locations. From left are Leah Pepe, Matthew Carey, Corinne Vairo and Lauren Shirley.

Students in Upstate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program are holding a food drive Monday through Dec. 13 to support the Food Bank of Central New York and Francis House.

Donation boxes will be in 10 locations around the Upstate campus, including the Weiskotten Hall lobby, Silverman Hall, the Health Sciences Library, Golisano Children’s Hospital and University Health Care Center, 90 Presidential Plaza.

DPT students wanted to do a community service project for the holidays and settled on a food drive for the two local organizations.

SUNY Upstate DPT food drive

Look for this label on donation boxes throughout campus Nov. 25 through Dec. 13. Students in Upstate's Doctor of Physical Therapy program are collecting food for the Food Bank of CNY and Francis House.

The Food Bank of Central New York¬†provides food, nutrition education and assistance to hundreds of programs and pantries in the region. Francis House, on Syracuse’s North Side, is a palliative care home for the terminally ill.

“We wanted to give back to the community,” said DPT student Leah Pepe. “We all have our clinical affiliations in the area, and the people in Syracuse have taught us a lot.”

Leah and her fellow service learning representatives in the DPT program — Matthew Carey, Lauren Shirley and Corinne Vairo — will have the donation boxes in place Monday. The boxes, some large and some small, will be clearly labeled and decorated in the spirit of the holidays.

The students’ wish list includes cans of tuna, canned or dried beans, peanut butter, pasta, rice, grains, cereals, oatmeal, soups, canned vegetables or fruits and dried fruit. Donors are asked to check expiration dates to be sure the items aren’t beyond their shelf life.

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