Thanksgiving Basket Collection Will Help More Than 150 Local Families In Need

Service, Advocacy

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Among the many tremendous community service activities fostered by the Iona College community one of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Thanksgiving Basket Collection, coordinated by the Office of Mission & Ministry. The annual Iona tradition finds representatives from across campus coming together to help local families who are struggling this holiday season by collecting food items for Thanksgiving dinner in a personalized basket.

Student organization and clubs, Athletics teams, administrative offices, and academic departments contributed baskets of food with a personalized card for the family recipient. This year, Iona donated nearly 150 baskets through three organizations: HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle, Greyston Foundation Child & Youth Services in Westchester County, and Abraham House in the Bronx.

"It is hard to think of another event which brings our campus community closer to the heritage of Edmund Rice’s deep concern and compassion for our neighbors who are poor and marginalized than the annual Thanksgiving Basket Collection," said Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of Mission and Ministry.

On Monday, November 19, the Iona community gathered in Mulcahy Gymnasium for the collection and blessing of the baskets before packing vans for the delivery that night.

The annual tradition began in the early 2000s at Iona College, over the past four years, the College community has donated more than 500 baskets to families in need.

Visit Iona's Office of Mission and Ministry on the web for more information on Iona's community service initiatives.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.