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Blugold Dining food drive helps fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley

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 University of Wisconsin-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 Nov. 18 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 and was rewarded with a free catered event.

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.

Sodexo has provided Blugold Dining service on the UW-Eau Claire campus since 2002. The Blugold Dining program is administered by the University Centers, a Student Affairs unit of UW-Eau Claire.