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Helping Hands Across America event Nov. 19 to benefit local food bank

November 1, 2013

HelpingHandsEAU CLAIRE — Blugold Dining and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus community are coming together to fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley in support of Sodexo's nationwide food drive effort, Helping Hands Across America.

The Helping Hands Across America food drive slated for Nov. 19 will raise nonperishable goods and cash donations for the Feed My People Food Bank. This event is designed to bring the community together to raise awareness for the problem of hunger that affects thousands of residents in the Chippewa Valley and millions of Americans nationwide.

"Blugold Dining is committed to raising hunger awareness, a problem that affects thousands right in our backyard,"said Christian Wise, general manager of Blugold Dining. "We're coming together to provide much-needed food to those suffering from hunger in our community and we hope this effort will help get more people involved in this important cause."

In 2012 Blugold Dining collected and donated $258 and more than 4,000 pounds of food — and hopes to collect even more this year. All food items collected on the UW-Eau Claire campus will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to collect food as a residence hall, department 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. Registration information is available online; groups must register no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 15.

Donations from the community also are encouraged. Those wishing to contribute may drop off their donations in the east lobby of Davies Center, opposite the Service Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19.

Sodexo has provided Blugold Dining service on the UW-Eau Claire campus since 2002. The Blugold Dining program is administered by the University Centers, a Student Affairs unit of UW-Eau Claire.

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