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Helping Hands Across America Food Drive

A total of 4,280 pounds of  food and $1,001 in cash was collected and donated to the Feed My People Food Bank through a recent UW-Eau Claire initiative to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley.

Blugold Dining sponsored the Helping Hands Across America food drive November 18, 2014 at all campus dining locations. In addition to individual donations, 12 campus groups collected more than 750 pounds of food and $440 in cash in response to Blugold Dining's challenge for group participation. The Accounting and Finance Department collected the most food per person.

The entire Blugold Dining family was recognized 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 — 38 percent of them children — rely on food received from programs supplied by Feed My People. With UW-Eau Claire's donation, Feed My People will be able to provide 7,858 meals to our neighbors in need.

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 6.6 million pounds of food was distributed in 2013 to hunger-relief organizations in 14 counties in west-central Wisconsin.

Non-perishable foods are shelf-stable items that can withstand months of shelf life. They are a vital staple for food shelves when serving hungry individuals and families. Donating canned food is nearly always a safe bet, but also keep in mind other types of packaging. Rather than donating canned peaches, for example, consider dried fruit, which is less messy and easy to eat out of the bag. Please check expiration dates.

Most desired food items

canned fruits and vegetables
boxed or canned dinners
peanut butter
canned soup
pasta products
spaghetti sauce
complete pancake mix and syrup

Fruits and vegetables
Canned or dried fruits and vegetables in an array of colors 
help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.canned vegetables
vegetable and fruit juices
canned fruit and fruit cups
dried fruit

Whole grains provide maximum nutritional value and long-lasting energy.oatmeal
whole grain crackers
low-sugar, high-fiber cereals
all types of pasta
whole grain rice

Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide necessary fuel for muscles.
canned tuna, salmon or chicken
bean soups
baked beans
dried and canned beans and peas
chili beef stew
peanut butter and nuts

Most desired non-food items

toilet tissue
facial tissues
paper towels
laundry detergent
all-purpose cleaning liquid
dishwashing liquid

Cash donations

A $1 cash donation provides approximately $10 worth of food, or 5.5 meals.

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