Anabel’s Grocery hosted its second annual fall fundraiser collaboration, “Collect and Give for Annabel’s,” on Nov. 4 on the Terrace Restaurant within the Statler Resort.
Anabel’s Grocery is a non-profit, student-run grocery retailer situated in Anabel Taylor Corridor that goals to assist college students on campus entry high-quality, inexpensive grocery objects. It sources its meals from native farms and shops, reminiscent of Fort Baptist Farm and Large Awake Bakery.
The aim of the occasion was to lift cash for the group’s subsidy fund, which helps decrease the worth of the objects within the retailer. Their purpose is to maintain their costs near these of massive field grocery shops like Wegmans or Goal, which is troublesome with out funding from the group, in keeping with Matthew Livingston ’26, a member of the advertising and marketing and fundraising crew at Anabel’s.
Organizers aimed to lift $10,000 for Anabel’s. Final 12 months, the shop was capable of elevate about two-thirds of this quantity, Livingston stated. Previous to the occasion, $4,500 had been raised.
“It’s sort of like a cycle the place you go to our retailer to purchase very, very low cost meals,” Livingston stated. “And by shopping for the meals, supporting the shop [or] donating to the fundraiser, you assist preserve the costs low for those that want it.”
The occasion featured raffle tickets and a silent public sale, in addition to meals, drinks and a efficiency from Cornell acappella group Nothing However Treble for attendees to take pleasure in.
The fundraiser was a collaboration between college students from Utilized Economics and Administration 3385: Social Entrepreneurship Practicum: Anabel’s Grocery, Resort Administration 4315: Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Meals Justice and Resort Administration 4340: Catering and Particular Occasions Administration.
“[Catering and Special Events Management] is in command of really operating the occasion day of — we’re the operations crew,” stated Camille Dell’Olio ’24, a pupil within the Catering and Particular Occasions Administration class. “[Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice and Hotel Administration] is in command of advertising and marketing and [public relations] features behind the scenes.”
Visiting lecturer Anke Wessels teaches the Anabel’s class and serves because the director of the Middle for Transformative Motion, a fiscal sponsor for Anabel’s Grocery. She described the occasion as a “present” from the resort faculty.
“[Professors Kolakowski and Kingra of the Hotel Administration classes] determined it will be enjoyable to carry a fundraiser as a part of the expertise of the 2 courses,” Wessels stated. “They did that [for other organizations besides Anabel’s]… after which final fall they stated ‘Hey, what if we do that for Anabel’s?’ As a result of it’s an apparent collaboration. It’s round meals and meals justice, and it’s proper right here on campus and would assist college students.”
Wessels defined that within the spring, Anabel’s can depend on Giving Day donations, however the fall gala presents a possibility to unfold the phrase concerning the group and additional develop the subsidy fund.
Teagan Smith ’25, the buying coordinator for Anabel’s, stated fundraising is crucial to the group’s success.
“The subsidy fund is de facto our lifeblood within the retailer,” Smith stated. “It’s what permits us to supply prospects entry to cultural, nutritious and native meals at costs which proceed to shock our guests. Subsidizing the meals makes it extra accessible to the numerous college students on campus who will expertise meals insecurity of their time at Cornell.”
Livingston stated that past college students, the better Ithaca group advantages from Anabel’s.
“I’ve seen my fair proportion of adults that go in and purchase prepackaged meals and produce for an entire week as a result of that’s what they use to prepare dinner their meals — that’s unbelievable,” Livingston stated.
In the course of the occasion, Jacob Blizard ’25, who’s a part of Anabel’s retailer operations crew, gave a brief speech to attendees on the essential function fundraisers play in supporting Anabel’s.
“All the proceeds from this occasion are immediately supporting the Cornell group. Anabel’s primarily operates off the subsidy fund that helps us preserve costs low,” Blizard stated. “We try to develop our outreach however keep rooted in offering recent and inexpensive meals.”
A number of college students — a few of whom had direct connections to Anabel’s and others who didn’t — advised The Solar they loved the occasion.
Alexis Siegel ’25, who’s a part of the Anabel’s buying committee, stated she thought the fundraiser was successful.
“I actually loved the fundraiser as a result of it was a method through which folks of various majors and pursuits may bond over a shared curiosity in meals, social affect, and wellness,” Siegel stated. “I loved taking wellness photographs with my pals, getting a portrait and getting into the raffles figuring out that I used to be supporting a trigger that can profit quite a few college students at Cornell in addition to the surroundings.”
Samhita Raman ’25 stated attending the occasion made her extra keen to buy at Anabel’s sooner or later.
“I’m considering I actually ought to store [at Anabel’s] extra usually,” Raman stated. “This occasion is de facto inspiring.”
Parker Piccolo Hill ’25 and Carly Hermann ’27 are Solar contributors and could be reached at [email protected] and [email protected].