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Release: Nov. 9, 1999

Hillel Jewish Center leads food drive to help area agencies

IOWA CITY -- With the Thanksgiving holiday a little more than three weeks away, the Aliber-Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Iowa will collect canned goods and dried foods Nov. 14 - 20 for distribution to less fortunate families in the Iowa City area.

David Leventhal, a Jewish Campus Service Corps fellow, who is helping coordinate the center's food drives, says all donations collected will be distributed to the Emergency Housing Project, 31 North Gilbert, in Iowa City.

Crissy Canganelli, director, Emergency Housing Project, says last year the agency fed 835 men, women and children. Beyond the daily number that workers plan for, Canganelli says the agency might additionally feed 20 persons who stop at the agency for its services.

Canganelli says the agency can always use non-perishable items such as beans, rice, and coffee. She says the agency is appreciative of the Iowa City community's help, but adds that a popular misperception is that homelessness and hunger increase seasonally.

"People's awareness increases around the holidays and when it gets cold. We rely on donations year-round, in the heat of the summer, as well as when it's cold," she says.

"We're glad to be helped by the UI organization and other area organizations," she says, adding there is a particular need for canned soup, similar staple food items, and protein rich foods.

Donations may be made now through Nov. 20 at The Hillel Center, 122 East Market Street, or at the Emergency Housing Project.