DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — With on-campus food services limited following the departure of students, faculty, and staff to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Averett University’s food service provider — Bon Appétit — donated 3,500 pounds of food to God’s Storehouse earlier in May.
“This year we were presented with a unique challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chef Michael Moroni of Bon Appétit. “While the café remained open in a very limited capacity through the end of the semester to serve as a dining option for the few students remaining on campus and any faculty or staff still working on campus, we had quite a bit larger amount of unused fresh inventory.”
Due to the cancellation of summer camps and other on-campus activities at Averett, Moroni says dry goods and retail items would have expired before they could be used.
“So this year we made a substantial donation of food stuffs could that could be used to serve hungry people,” Moroni said. “Our donation for this year not only included the fresh produce and dairy…but also a large selection of bottled beverages, retail snacks and candy.”
Moroni says God’s Storehouse Director Karen Harris estimated the donation would help about 100 families.