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Good Neighbor Day Food Drive Seeks Volunteers, Donations

By Antonya da Silva

The University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement and partners welcome donations of food, monetary contributions and volunteers to pack food and meals for its annual Good Neighbor Day Food Drive.

Nonperishable food items for the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry can be deposited through Nov. 10 in drop boxes at various locations throughout College Park, including Third Eye Comics College Park, IKEA College Park and the College Park Aviation Museum.

Event organizers are also challenging the community to raise $5,000 in direct monetary donations to local food banks between now and Nov. 12, Good Neighbor Day. This year, the Terrapin Development Company is matching online donations to the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry, up to $5,000.

On Good Neighbor Day, volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m to noon to accept and sort donated nonperishable foods for distribution to local pantries or, in collaboration with Terps for Hunger, prepare meals for distribution to community members.

“The Food Drive has been a staple Good Neighbor Day project for years and addresses food insecurity in our area,” said Cameron Thurston, Office of Community Engagement logistics coordinator. “By collaborating with partners, we increase our impact to serve both our campus, and surrounding communities.”

Good Neighbor Day brings together residents of College Park and surrounding communities with University of Maryland students, staff, faculty and alums for a day of service. To see all Good Neighbor Day volunteer opportunities, visit

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