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From our Delta State family to yours: DSU Staff Council supports local community with annual food drive

By November 23, 2021Staff Council
Pictured, from left, are Eloise Welton of Bolivar County’s Child Protective Services (CPS); Delta State’s Holly Ray, Rebekah Lyons, Cecil Barnett, Danny Moore, Julie Jackson, Ethan Burnett, Willie Gant, Antwan Brinkley; and Sharon Brown of Bolivar County CPS.

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Dozens of brown paper bags and boxes filled with non-perishable food items have been donated to local families in need, courtesy of Delta State University’s Staff Council.

Each year, the DSU Staff Council organizes a Feed-a-Family Food Drive in the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. This year’s food drive ran from Oct. 6 to Nov. 6 and was supported by Delta State staff members from various departments and offices across campus.

At the conclusion of the drive, 61 complete food bags, stuffed with Thanksgiving favorites including ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce and vegetables, were collected.

“The Delta State Staff Council was honored to host our annual Thanksgiving Feed-A-Family program again this year. The generous donations provided by our DSU Family helped us to surpass last year’s contributions,” said Holly Ray, chair of Staff Council’s Special Projects Committee.

According to Ray, a total of 56 bags, plus an additional 413 additional food items, were donated to the Bolivar County Family & Children’s Services. Five bags were also donated to members of the Delta State community.

61 complete food bags were collected during Staff Council’s 2021 Feed-a-Family Food Drive.

“I am so thrilled to have been a part of this project for such a great cause, and I look forward to participating in future opportunities for us to give back,” said Ray.

Delta State’s Administrative Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures, and to forward ideas, recommendations and options to the university president.

The Staff Council is dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of Delta State University.

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