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Group collecting canned food and books as graduation project

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 5, 2005) – Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind has fired up Tidewater Community College honor society students. The TCC chapters of Phi Theta Kappa – the international community college service organization – have taken up the charge to collect hundreds of pounds of canned food goods for local relief agencies, and boxes of books (new or in good condition) for the rebuilding of Louisiana libraries.

“The nonperishable goods will help re-stock Southeastern Food Bank cupboards that were depleted for hurricane survivors,” says Crystal Lemon, a TCC member of Phi Theta Kappa. “And at the same time we’re very excited to be helping Louisiana get its libraries up and running again.”

“We invite our TCC community, our graduates, their families and friends to bring donations to commencement on Dec. 16 as well as to boxes set up on our four campuses,” adds Lemon. The collection is underway at TCC’s Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses.

At graduation on Dec. 16, donations will go into the bed of a Ford truck, ready for later sorting and delivery. Phi Theta Kappa volunteers will be at the truck to take donations before the 7 p.m. graduation at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. For more information about donating, contact Crystal Lemon at 575-4243 or

The Feed a Body, Feed a Mind program focuses on the battle against the social issues of hunger and low literacy rates. In an effort to impact communities internationally, Phi Theta Kappa chapters in over 500 community colleges in the United States, Canada, Germany, Saipan, and Guam committed to changing lives and communities last year through Project Graduation. Since the launch of Project Graduation in 2002, more than 220,000 food items and 190,000 books have been collected and given to worthy organizations around the nation and the globe.

Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, serves 1,200 two-year colleges around the world. The Society’s operations are global in scope with chapters located in all 50 United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, and Germany. Nearly 1.5 million students have accepted membership in Phi Theta Kappa since its founding, with almost 100,000 new members inducted each year.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit