STCL Houston named “largest academic donor” to Houston Food Bank’s holiday food drive
Students from South Texas College of Law Houston today donated approximately $38,000 to the Houston Food Bank’s 2016 “Share Your Holidays” food drive, equating to nearly 114,000 mealsfor hungry Houstonians.
For the fifth year in a row, STCL Houston earned the honor of “largest academic donor” to the Houston Food Bank’s holiday food drive.
The school’s Student Bar Association (SBA) leaders – including President Taylor Christie, Vice President Cara Woolet, and Treasurer Earl Ingle – presented an oversized check to Houston Food Bank President and CEO Brian Greene at Houston’s KTRK-ABC studio this morning.
“As students, we epitomize our mission of connecting with and serving our community,” said Woolet, leader of the school’s food drive. “From the food drive to our legal clinics, we fight for Houston because we are Houston. Most of us were born and reared here and will choose to continue our legal careers right here in Houston. We love our city.”
STCL Houston has partnered with the Houston Food Bank on its holiday food drive for more than two decades. Last year, the SBA drive raised approximately $25,000 for the food bank.
“We are continually touched by the kindness and generosity of our fellow Houstonians, from individuals to companies to schools,” said Greene. “Today’s donation from South Texas College of Law Houston will have a direct impact on people’s lives in our community and will not only help to fill their plates during the holiday season, but nourish their souls as well. We thank the students and staff for sharing their holidays with this very generous donation.”
The school’s food drive launched Nov. 1 and concluded today with the live check presentation.
“Something this significant does not happen without a huge outpouring of support from the students, professors, and administration,” said Woolet. “Our SBA board brought an enthusiasm to this year’s food drive that lit a fire for our school. We had donations pouring in from students’ family members, friends, employers, banks, you name it! Their enthusiasm was contagious and everyone wanted to be a part of fighting hunger in Houston.”
While the majority of the student body participated in the campus-wide drive, South Texas faculty also played a large role in encouraging donations for hungry Houston-area families. Many professors offered first-year students incentives for their contributions, including extra study sessions for upcoming exams, in addition to matching their students’ financial donations to the drive.
Professor James Paulsen has been one of the top faculty donors since the food drive began, and he is the largest single donor this year. “The Houston Food Bank is an amazing organization, and so is our SBA,” said Paulsen. “Many students are on tight budgets. But I can look them in the eye and promise that the Houston Food Bank will use each and every dollar wisely.”
While the school has welcomed both food and financial donations in past years, this year Woolet encouraged the student body to focus their efforts on monetary contributions, since the Houston Food Bank can leverage its vendor relationships to make $1 stretch into three meals.
“We could not be more proud of this tradition,” Woolet said. “We are sincerely grateful to our South Texas family for driving us to our highest fundraising year in history for the Houston Food Bank.”