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Helping Hands Across America Food Drive  

Helping Hands Across America

A total of 4,960 pounds of Helping Hands Across America Food Drive Photofood and $872 in cash was collected and donated to the Feed My People Food Bank through a recent UW-Eau Claire initiative to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley.

The entire Blugold Dining family was recognized for their dedication to UW-Eau Claire students and their support of the Helping Hands initiative, which provides Feed My People Food Bank with one of its largest food drive donations.

More than 14,500 individuals each month — 39 percent of them children — rely on food received from programs supplied by Feed My People. With UW-Eau Claire's donation, Feed My People will be able to provide 7,967 meals to our neighbors in need.

This year our goal is to collect more than 5,250 pounds of food and we need your help!Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to collect food as a department, organization, residence hall or class project. As a special incentive for group participation, the top group donating the most food per person will receive$150 worth of Catering from Blugold Dining.



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Non-perishable foods are shelf-stable items that can withstand months of shelf life. They are a vital staple for food shelves when serving hungry individuals and families. Donating canned food is nearly always a safe bet, but also keep in mind other types of packaging. Rather than donating canned peaches, for example, consider dried fruit, which is less messy and easy to eat out of the bag. Please check expiration dates.


  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • boxed or canned dinners
  • cereal
  • tuna
  • peanut butter
  • canned soup
  • pasta products
  • spaghetti sauce
  • complete pancake mix and syrup
  • juice

Fruits and vegetables

Canned or dried fruits and vegetables in an array of colors
help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.
  • canned vegetables
  • vegetable and fruit juices
  • canned fruit and fruit cups
  • dried fruit


Whole grains provide maximum nutritional value and long-lasting energy.
  • oatmeal
  • whole grain crackers
  • low-sugar, high-fiber cereals
  • all types of pasta
  • whole grain rice


Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide necessary fuel for muscles.
  • canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • bean soups
  • baked beans
  • dried and canned beans and peas
  • chili beef stew
  • peanut butter and nuts



  • toilet tissue
  • facial tissues
  • paper towels
  • diapers
  • soap
  • laundry detergent
  • all-purpose cleaning liquid
  • shampoo
  • dishwashing liquid
  • deodorant


A $1 cash donation provides approximately $10 worth of food, or 5.5 meals.

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