AUB food drive collects 3.7 metric tons of nutritious items

​​​​​​​Sally Abou Melhem, Office of Communications, media@aub.edu.lb​​

A campus-wide food drive took place on December 17, 2019 and collected around 3.7 metric tons of food, under the slogan “no amount is too small.” The initiative was organized by Amelie Beyhum and Lamya Tannous Khuri in partnership with Lebanese Food Bank.

Prior to the drive, an announcement was sent to the AUB community listing nutritious foods that donors can bring, which cover food items that the Lebanese Food Bank usually collects, and more. The list included sugar, rice, lentils, pasta, foul, bourghul, chickpeas, flour, canned tuna in oil, tomato paste, kaak, salt, tea, and coffee.

In addition to what was gathered directly, the drive also raised over LL 8,000,000 that were used by the Lebanese Food Bank to purchase more food items. The Society of the Friends of the AUB Museum, in particular, were very generous with their monetary donation.

Six collection points were set up at West Hall, College Hall, Medical Gate, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences courtyard, and AUBMC Saab Medical Library courtyard. The collection points were all open between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, except the one at College Hall, which remained open until 5:00 pm due to the many requests received from donors. All sorts of volunteers from across the AUB community and their families participated in the drive, including alumni, faculty, students, staff, and members of the nursing and medical school.

“We can always count on the AUB family to support the Lebanese community. We were very appreciative of the overwhelming response,” commented Lamya Tannous Khuri.

Two hundred and thirty boxes of collected food, each worth approximately LL 50,000, are currently being organized by the Lebanese Food Bank, who will distribute them to less privileged families and homes all over Lebanon.

Another chance to donate food

Earlier this December as well, AUB’s Center for Civic Eng​agement and Community Service (CCECS) had announced over Twitter a student-led “Food Distribution Initiative” campaign. Food items are being collected at the CCECS office in West Hall B03, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. A list of items recommended for donation was also tweeted. It includes sugar, rice, bulgur, pasta, cheese, chickpea, dry beans, oil, tea, flour, tomato paste, lentils, tuna in water, tahini, canned peas and carrots, and salt. For more information, donors can contact CCECS directly at ccecs@aub.edu.lb​ or call 01-350000 ext 4430.