The goal is an ambitious one, but there appears to be no shortage of enthusiasm behind it.
In a case of the community giving back to the community, Wagner Athletics has joined forces with Kevin Mannix and his Staten Island-based Shop Rite grocery stores for a food drive aimed at feeding the hungry in Staten Island’s Port Richmond Area.
(Photo Below) Local Shop Rite owner Kevin Manniz (L) & Wagner President Richard Guarasci share an exchange during press conference at Project Hospitality
Mannix and Wagner College President Richard Guarasci held a joint press conference to announce the partnership in a packed second floor-room at Project Hospitality, a food bank that serves an average of 1.3 million meals per calendar year.
The food drive aspires to deliver no fewer than 25 tons of food to Project Hospitality by the end of 2012.
Speaking at the podium, Fr. Jack Ryan, a local priest representing Project Hospitality, noted his delight in seeing folks from all sects of the community come out to support the cause. According to Ryan, such an undertaking could not succeed with the convergence of local business members, educators, media members, and the emerging young leaders of the current generation.
In addition to the numerous Wagner student-athletes who were on hand to pledge their support for the program, a number of other local community businesses, headlined by The Staten Island Advance, expressed their willingness.
Donations boxes will be displayed at both Staten Island Shop Rite locations as well as the Advance’s main office.
Numerous food receptacles will be placed throughout the Wagner College campus on Grymes Hill.