THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. --- Students at Biola University’s Thousand Oaks campus are busy, like most other college students, struggling to complete the fall semester.  However, these are not your typical undergrads, as they are working adults striving to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. Inspired by this journey, the students are putting their leadership skills to work by serving the community. They are appealing to the residents in the Conejo Valley to participate in caring for those being affected by the current economic crisis.

During these difficult times, many families are struggling to make ends meet. Despite the beautiful homes and well-manicured common areas, some residents in Thousand Oaks and surrounding communities are unable to feed their families. The students at Biola are responding to this need by organizing a food drive but they are relying a great deal on the community’s generosity and participation. Residents can help by picking up an extra item at the grocery store or dropping off those unwanted cans that are sitting in the pantry. In partnership with MANNA, the Conejo Valley Food Bank, these Biola students hope to get much-needed items into the hands of the poor quickly.

As the holidays are approaching, Biola is reminded of the importance of family and friends. The students at Biola are asking that those capable reach out to those one does not know and show their fellow neighbor that love has no bounds. Participation is simple. Visit and download a list of needed items. Drop by your local grocery store and purchase some of the items. Drive the items to the Biola TO Campus located at the corner of Lynn Rd. and Hampshire on Saturday November 22, 2008 between the hours of 8am and 5pm.


A few concerned citizens who decided to help their neighbors started MANNA, the Conejo Valley Food Bank, in 1971. At the time of MANNA’s founding many people were suffering from lay-offs not unlike today. MANNA is a fully volunteer driven organization that is able to keep its overhead low. This provides them with the ability to serve as many people as possible. MANNA receives no government support therefore is funded and supported by members of the community. More information at