Over 1,000 Donations to Food Drive at Admission Open House

February 23, 2018

By Chip Underhill

Families of prospective students at Saint Anselm College donated over 1,000 food items for the low-income community in a first-ever program for accepted students.

To reinforce the Catholic Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the Office of Admission at Saint Anselm College conducted an inaugural food drive, asking high school seniors and their parents to bring a food donation to an Open House for Accepted Students on February 17, 2018. The families responded with enthusiasm, providing nearly 1,100 donations – almost identical to the number of visitors on campus for the admissions event.

Donated goods were dropped off at Registration and delivered to New Horizons, a social service agency in Manchester, N.H.

“For New Horizons, this is a huge donation,” said Adrianna Manzi, Saint Anselm liaison to the agency, and a senior biology major from Woburn, Mass. “The average donation doesn't ever reach that high a number. In a year, New Horizons’ food pantry distributes over 12,000 bags of groceries; our 1,100 cans will go towards that. This is an amazing donation for a one-time drive.”

Fellow senior Peyton Wallace of Oceanside, Calif., Admission ambassador head coordinator and education studies major, also recognized the visiting students’ charity. “The amount of donations at the food drive was exciting; at that moment, I saw the character of all our admitted students at the Open House. They know what it means to be an Anselmian.”

Matthew Sargent, a senior communication major from Worcester, Mass., helped coordinate the food drive as an intern in the Office of Admission. "The drive was a bigger success than any of us imagined. Prospective students and parents were so eager to bring canned goods and donate to a good cause. It was easy to see that these students will fit right in at Saint Anselm College.”

Nearly 420 students with family members visited Saint Anselm College for the Open House, representing many regions of the United States. The day’s program took prospective students on campus tours and to academic workshops.


Saint Anselm College
Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs as well as for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. www.anselm.edu