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UW-Eau Claire Aims to Set Record
Collecting Food for Cans Across America

RELEASED: Oct. 29, 2008

Cans Across America logoEAU CLAIRE — All members of the university community at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are invited to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley by taking part in a special Cans Across America event Nov. 12. The Blugold Dining program will sponsor the nonperishable food drive all day in all campus dining locations.

An initiative of the nonprofit Sodexo Foundation, the drive aims to set a Guinness world record for the most canned food donations raised during a single event in multiple locations across the United States. All of the nonperishable 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.

Last year more than 3,500 pounds of food was collected and donated to Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. Blugold Dining hopes to collect more than 6,000 pounds of food during this year's event.

Donations from the community are welcome. Those wishing to contribute may make their donations most conveniently at Marketplace on the lower level of Davies Center. Marketplace will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12.

As a special incentive for campus group participation, two prizes will be awarded. A free pizza party will be given to a student organization or residence hall donating the most food per person, and an academic department or administrative office will receive lunch in The Dulany of Davies Center.

For more information or to register a group for the competition, call 715-836-5261 or visit the Blugold Dining Web site. UW-Eau Claire's dining services program is administered by the University Centers.

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