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More than 3,000 pounds of food collected during Nov. 15 food drive

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2011

Helping Hands

EAU CLAIRE — More than 3,300 pounds of food and $140 in cash was collected and donated to Feed My People Food Bank through a recent University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire initiative to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley.

The Blugold Dining program sponsored a special Helping Hands Across America food drive Nov. 15 at all campus dining locations. In addition to individual donations, 12 campus groups collected more than 1,000 pounds of food in response to Blugold Dining's challenge for group participation. University Communications collected the most food per person.

Deb Heinze, Heather Higgins, Carol Horndorf and Steve Perry were recognized with the Sodexo Experience customer service award 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. More than 850 children in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties alone rely on the food bank each Friday for a pack-out that provides them food to last the weekend.

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. For every dollar donated, Feed My People can obtain and distribute seven pounds of food worth more than $10. More than four million pounds of food is distributed each year to hunger-relief agencies in 14 counties in west-central Wisconsin.

The Blugold Dining program is administered by the University Centers.

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