Rivier Collects 560 Food Baskets for Sharing the Feast
NASHUA, N.H. -- Rivier University’s annual Sharing the Feast project distributed 560 Thanksgiving food baskets to feed more than 3,000 Greater Nashua residents in need.
In the month preceding the event, held two days before Thanksgiving, students and staff at Rivier and members of the local community raised more than $7,000 in donations to prepare the baskets. Participants packed and gathered the food baskets for presentation in the Dion Center Reception Room. Keeping with tradition, an interfaith Thanksgiving prayer service was held to give thanks and bless the food, volunteers, recipients and community. The baskets were distributed to area agencies whose representatives attended the service.
In addition to Rivier President Sister Paula Marie Buley and Rivier administrators, students offered words of thanks and prayer during the service. Staff and students from Sunset Heights Elementary School, a community partner in the project, also attended the service. They have generously contributed to the project for 29 years with food donations.
Also, 13 Nashua-area agencies attended the service, after which the food baskets were loaded into vehicles by Rivier student-athletes.
Partnering agencies for 2018 include Anne-Marie House, Corpus Christi Food Pantry, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council, Healthy at Home, Keystone Hall, Nashua Oncology and Hematology, Nashua Soup Kitchen, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, HIV/AIDS Task Force, Title One, New Fellowship Baptist Church’s Community Outreach Resource & Education Center and Xavier House.
“Rivier students really turn out for this community event,” said senior Alicia Leap, president of Rivier’s Student Government Association. “Most students embrace service as a part of their personal mission as well as the university’s mission. We’re grateful for this opportunity to help others.”