Cornell College and CDG announce Brunch Buddies program

Cornell College and the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) today announced a new program to connect Cornell College students with local community members and families.

Designed after the very popular Cornell College Lunch Buddies program, which matches Cornell students with elementary students to share time and goodwill, the Brunch Buddies program seeks to connect Cornell College students with community members and/or their families once per block during the academic year.

Community members can meet their Brunch Buddies on campus or in town for lunch, take them to a local event or festival, or have them over for dinner with the family.

“This new program came about from a discussion between CDG and Cornell staff about the need to better connect Cornell students and Mount Vernon and Lisbon community members,” said Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the CDG. “We know how successful the Cornell College Lunch Buddy program is and wanted to duplicate that with community members – offering all of us another avenue to reach out and make Cornell College students feel welcome and at home.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the CDG for this new program,” said Meghan Yamanishi, Consulting Librarian for Social Sciences at Cornell College. “We see great rewards when our students and Mount Vernon-Lisbon community members connect and we thought this program was an ideal way to strengthen these ties.”

An application for both community members and students is posted online at

Student applications are available here:

Community member applications are available here:

A downloadable student application is available here:

A downloadable community member application is available here:

Questions can be directed to Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 or through email at [email protected]

About Cornell College

Located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Cornell was the first college west of the Mississippi to grant women the same rights and privileges as men, and, in 1858, to award a degree to a woman.

In 1978 Cornell faculty adopted the One Course At A Time curriculum, transforming the way teaching and learning happen at Cornell. With the 1996 publication of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives, Cornell’s life-changing education was formally recognized. Cornell continues to be recognized with each new edition.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation. In 2019, CDG received the Spirit of Main Street Award from Iowa State Governor Kim Reynolds.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.



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