Antioch University New England Students Ask: Make It a Habit to Shop for the Hungry, Too

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Antioch University New England students have launched a drive asking people to sign the Perpetual Food Pledge, a commitment to buy one food item for a food shelf each time they shop.

... Hunger is not only something that a small demographic of people grapple with during the winter months—it is a year-round, silent struggle of your neighbors.

The Net Impact chapter at Antioch University New England (AUNE) wants people to make it a habit to pick up a nonperishable food item to help feed the hungry. To encourage that, the Net Impact students have launched a pledge drive, called the Perpetual Food Pledge. Its goal is one hundred pledges by January 31.

The launch of the Perpetual Food Pledge coincides with the time of year when donations drop off and food shelves and kitchens often find their cupboards bare. “We took on this project with the hope that it will bring awareness to the fact that the number of people who experience food insecurity in New Hampshire has increased by ninety percent since 2006,” said AUNE student Becky Holt, an MBA candidate and a member of Net Impact. “Grabbing one additional healthy, non-perishable food item every time you shop for groceries is a way of acknowledging that hunger is not only something that a small demographic of people grapple with during the winter months—it is a year-round, silent struggle of your neighbors.”

The idea for the Perpetual Food Pledge started with Antioch University Los Angeles last May, and was brought to the AUNE Net Impact chapter by Polly Chandler, chair of AUNE’s Department of Management, and Bonnie Powers, director of web services.

Drop your donation wherever you wish—your town’s food shelf, church food-donation box or in the food drop box at the supermarket. There will also be a donation box at AUNE whose contents will go to the Keene Community Kitchen.

Membership in AUNE’s Net Impact chapter is open to all MBA in Sustainability students.
Find the pledge here.

Antioch University New England's MBA in Sustainability
AUNE's MBA in Sustainability students and graduates are leaders of change who recognize that profit is only one measure of an organization's success. This MBA features a forward-thinking business curriculum that emphasizes balancing a company's financial health with environmental sustainability, quality of work life, ethical practices and corporate social responsibility. Choose from a weekend or accelerated option.

About Antioch University New England (AUNE)
Antioch University New England offers highly respected doctoral, master’s and certificate programs in education, environmental studies, management and psychology. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, this unique institution serves approximately one thousand students each year. Our graduates have gone on to be leaders of positive change, working toward a more just and sustainable society. Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England is the oldest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses. Learn more at:

About Antioch University
Antioch University serves adult students around the world and across the country, online and at its five campuses in four states. Each campus offers degree programs that meet—and often anticipate—the pressing needs of its region and the wider world. The University is also home to the landmark PhD in Leadership and Change; Antioch Education Abroad, an exceptional opportunity of immersive service and study programs; and WYSO, a leading public radio affiliate and an essential source of global news and opinion.

Antioch University is a nonprofit private 501(c) (3) organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit


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