According to Andrew Perrone, assistant director of SLVCE, the families are chosen with help from the Division of Youth and Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club in Glassboro.
When the program started this year, only ten families were chosen.
These ten families were adopted the first day, and more families have been chosen since then.
"We may even go above 30 (families)," Perrone
The program, which ended Nov. 17, involved families of all sizes who are in need of assistance for food.
Faculty and students who choose to assist these families are instructed to buy a specific amount of food depending on the size of the family.
For example, families of about five members should receive; three boxes of stuffing, three cans of gravy, eight cans of vegetables, three cans of fruit, three cans of soup, two cans of condensed milk and a food gift card for a medium turkey.
"We started with ten families, but our response from the Rowan community was so strong that we ended with enough families 43 families," Perrone
"Any students or staff having something to donate, we'll take anything and everything," Perrone
Even coupons for free turkeys, which supermarkets award to customers during the holidays, are being accepted by SLVCE
The donations are taken to The Food Bank of South Jersey
From there, food gets shipped to smaller pantries.
A couple hundred pounds of food were donated last year and, according to Perrone
, this year is looking good as well.