A group of Savannah State University students earned this month the Silver Spoon Award from Campbell Soup Co. after collecting 6,500 pounds of food for local hunger relief as part of the university’s first Hunger Awareness Week.
The students, members of the SSU chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the College of Business Administration’s Leadership and Professional Development class, entered Campbell’s “Let’s Can Hunger” competition in April and pledged to collect 5,000 pounds of food.
As part of their effort, they established Hunger Awareness Week at SSU and held several food drives, surpassing their goal by 1,500 pounds. The food was donated to the Savannah Baptist Center.
Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas R. Conant presented the Silver Spoon Award to the students at the SIFE National Exposition in Minneapolis, held May 10- 12.
On hand were Rachel Raines, president of the SSU chapter of SIFE; Ericka Williams, treasurer; and Shalonda K. Bradford, founding adviser and lecturer of business management at SSU.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
The university’s 4,100 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.