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UW-Eau Claire Students Moving out of Dorms
Encouraged to Donate to Food Bank

RELEASED: May 14, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students moving out of the residence halls this spring will be invited to fight hunger and help those in need by donating extra nonperishable food from their dorm rooms Saturday, May 12 through Saturday, May 19. The food drive runs during the entire "move out" period when the majority of students leave the dorms for the summer.

Every residence hall lobby will have food collection boxes, and the food will ultimately go to Eau Claire's Feed My People Food Bank, where it will be distributed to food pantries throughout Western Wisconsin. Organized by two AmeriCorps*VISTA members working out of the Center for Service-Learning with volunteer help from Student Senate, the food drive is in its second year. In the drive during the same period last year more than 3,500 pounds of food was collected.

"This 'move out' period food drive gives students with leftover food, or food they would rather not transport home, a chance to make sure it goes to good use," said Jeremy Gragert, founder and lead organizer of the project as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at the Center for Service-Learning. "It's not often that food pantry shelves can offer the types of food that dorm life seems to foster, so the folks in need are happy to have a little variety."

Davin Haukebo-Bol, also an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, and Betsy Lorenz, student services director for the Student Senate, are also primary organizers.

For more information about the food drive, or if you wish to volunteer, call Gragert at 715-836-5283, or email him at gragerje@uwec.edu. For more information about Feed My People Food Bank, visit their Web site.

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