The second annual “DSLCC Miles for Meals”, a six-week initiative to promote employee health and wellness at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as well as support the DSLCC Roadrunner Cubby Closet, a food pantry located on the Clifton Forge campus, has been launched.
The 13 three-man teams participating, made up of DSLCC faculty and staff, started walking and keeping track of miles completed on Monday, August 26. At the end of each week, teams are only able to log their miles with Dr. Matt McGraw, DSLCC Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Success, who is heading up the project, by donating at least one bag of non-perishable food items to the Cubby Closet.
Eleven teams competed over a 9-week period, logged more than 6,340 miles, and donated 130 bags of non-perishable items to the food pantry during the 2018 inaugural year. This year’s goal is to collect more than the 130 bags of groceries collected in 2018.
Last year’s winning team, which logged more than 1,136 miles, included DSLCC staff and faculty members Nancy Mathias, Tina Dressler and Lee Anne Bowling-Angle. They more than surpassed their goal of 1,000 miles.
This year’s competition among the teams heated up recently: Christie Hardbarger, director of Talent Search, is sponsoring a competing team and has pledged one can of food for every day that her team, “Team TRIO”, meets its stated goal. She has challenged others on campus to support a team as a sponsor as well.
Also new this year: Matt and Jennifer Smith of Smith’s Sports in Alleghany County have donated 30 t-shirts for team members to wear while they’re walking.
Matthew Smith, of Smith’s Sports, has donated 30 t-shirts to the “Miles for Meals” initiative at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, which is raising funds for the DSLCC Roadrunner Cubby Closet, a food pantry located on the Clifton Forge campus. Accepting the contribution is Jodi Burgess, DSLCC Marketing and Advancement Coordinator.