Food Donations from SOM Will Provide More Than 1,000 Meals This Holiday

Members of the Class of 2010 in the Yale School of Management’s (SOM) “M.B.A. Executives for Leadership in Healthcare” program recently donated more than 430 pounds of food to the Connecticut Food Bank.

The donation is especially impressive because of the significant logistical problem the class had to overcome in getting their donations to campus.

Students in the M.B.A. for Executives Program attend classes on the SOM campus on alternating weekends, with some traveling from as far away as California and Mississippi. They all hold full-time jobs. Since bringing food donations to campus was a challenge to many, one student came up with the idea of having the class pool its money, order the food via Peapod (an online grocery shopping and delivery service) and have it delivered to SOM. The Class of 2010’s goal was to apply its competitive spirit and business acumen to beat its Class of 2009 counterparts in collecting the most food.

The non-perishable food items, which include staples such as pasta, soup and rice, were delivered to campus on Nov. 15, when classes were just about over. The students and staff from the M.B.A. for Executives Program loaded the donations from both classes into the car of the program’s director, Ellen Skinner SOM ‘87, who shuttled them to the Connecticut Food Bank warehouse in East Haven the following Monday morning. A weigh-in at the warehouse revealed the Class of 2010 was the winner of this year’s food drive.

Students in SOM’s M.B.A. program also collected food and money donations as part of the 2009 M.B.A. Food Fight, an annual week-long competition among business schools across the United States to aid hunger relief organizations. The program’s three cohorts — Green, Blue and Silver — competed against each other to bring in the most donations. The Green cohort was the winner, collecting 47.4 pounds of food and $1,875 in monetary donations. In total, M.B.A. students donated approximately 125 pounds of food and $3,922 to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank, which supplies more than 650 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries and daycare programs in the state.

By Connecticut Food Bank estimates, the combined donations from SOM will provide more than 1,000 meals this holiday season.

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