Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive Wants Your Stuff!

Students and Abbot Matthew, O.S.B. carry couch

For the eleventh year, 41 Saint Anselm College students will spend the second half of final exams and a few days thereafter collecting, organizing, and distributing items to deserving families in the area. As of May 1, boxes were placed in Residential Life Halls to collect unwanted, gently-used items from students. Beginning on Wednesday, May 10, the drive will start collecting larger items – mainly couches and furniture – through the last day of final exams, Friday May 12th.

Students and Abbot Matthew, O.S.B. carry couch

Clothes, toys, furniture, books, household goods, and other gently-used items in good, clean condition are gratefully accepted for distribution to families in Manchester and surrounding communities. Last year, the Drive was able to offer 90 families assistance. This year, the goal of the drive is to service 100 families.

Amy Vachon '17, a member of the committee is ready to get started with this year’s work. “I am confident that this year we will reach our goal of serving even more families,” she says. “I cannot wait to lift some couches alongside some of the most amazing people I have met at this college.”

FCF is a student run program organized by a committee of six members, three seniors, Carroll BaileyCourtney Puccio, and Vachon, and three juniors, Georgie RooneyJoey Smith, and Madison Vigneault. Overseen by the Dean of Students Office, FCF also benefits from the support of the Alumni Office, Advancement Office, Student Government Association, Dining Services, Physical Plant, Saint Anselm alumni, and more.

Student-organizers have been intentional in their efforts to incorporate the Benedictine values of the college into the drive. “We are able to preserve the dignity of our fellow neighbors and create a better and stronger neighborhood,” says Bailey. “FCF brings awareness to the close proximity of large social issues happening right around us. By being able to engage with our neighbors in the Manchester area, we become aware of simple ways we can become more engaged in our community.”

To donate, smaller items can be placed in the boxes in residence halls and apartments around campus. Pick-up times should be scheduled with the FCF crew for donations of larger items such as couches and televisions. Pick-ups can be arranged by emailing fcf@anselm.edu.