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Helping Hands Across America food drive set for Nov. 12

RELEASED: Oct. 27, 2009

Helping Hands 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 Helping Hands Across America event Nov. 12. The Blugold Dining program will sponsor the nonperishable food drive (formerly known as Cans Across America) 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 2,947 pounds of food were collected and donated to the 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 drop off their donations most conveniently at the Marketplace on the lower level of Davies Center. The area 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. The top student organization or residence hall donating the most food per person will win a specialty bar (taco bar, pizza party, Asian buffet of barbeque/picnic) from Blugold Dining's catering department. The academic department or administrative office donating the most food per person will receive a $15 gift card to be used in any campus dining location or a $5 gift card and two movie tickets.

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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