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TROY - The Miami Jacobs Career College in Troy has teamed up with the New Path Food Pantry in Tipp City to collect food donations to fight against hunger in the Miami Valley. Last year 12,000 people lived in poverty in Miami County, and this year area businesses are pooling resources to aid in the fight against poverty.

From now until Sept. 8, Miami Jacobs Career College in Troy is offering discounts in cosmetology and message therapy services at the Serenity Day Spa & Salon as well as in the automotive service center. For every eight cans of food donated, customers will receive 10 percent off the cost of services offered. The food donations will be combined with those collected on the campus of Miami Jacobs from the student body for the annual food drive organized by the business program, sales management class and their instructor, Sandra Streitenberger.

For the second year in a row, Streitenberger has challenged her students to use their Business Administration management fundamentals to create, plan, implement and control a sales program that results in a collective food donation to the New Path Food Pantry, located on Ginghamsburg Church’s South Campus in Miami County.

Over 200 college students at the Troy-Miami Jacobs campus are being challenged individually to collect and donate 100 cans of food to ensure that they collectively work toward their 3,500 goal. The students hope that as people in the community learn about the campaign, they will want to get involved.

“I like to teach the business students technical skills by giving them real-world experiences,” said Streitenberger. “This experience builds their business skills and boasts their self-confidence in ways they can only gain through experience in the field. It’s easy to motivate them because most of the students have suffered some tough times, themselves, and it is especially rewarding to be able to help others less fortunate.”

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