Colorado State University Floods the Oval with Food Oct. 16

Colorado State University will experience a flood of food Oct. 16 during the eleventh annual Cans Around the Oval benefit.

This year’s theme for the campus-wide food drive, "Flood the Oval with Food," reflects upon the outstanding efforts by the Fort Collins community following the flood on July 28. During the week-long food drive, university students, faculty and staff will be asked to donate non-perishable, canned food items to the Larimer County Food Distribution Center. The cans then will be placed around the perimeter of the Oval Oct. 16.

About 110 green barrels will be distributed to buildings around campus during the week of Oct. 13 so that students can drop off canned food items. Student organizations, fraternities, sororities, residence halls and colleges are challenged to donate as many cans as possible. Groups that donate the most pounds of canned food items will be formally recognized.

University volunteers, in coordination with the Office of Community Services, will collect and weigh food from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Oct. 16. As the food is delivered to the Oval, it will be placed around the quarter-mile long Oval at Colorado State. A closing ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the Oval to recognize organizations for large donations.

Last year’s Cans Around the Oval food drive generated 26,775 pounds of canned goods, which provided 15,393 meals to Larimer County residents. This year’s goal is to collect 27,000 pounds of canned food items.

Held in conjunction with World Food Day, Cans Around the Oval is sponsored by the Office of Community Services, Classified Personnel Council, University Health Services, University Counseling Services, Office of International Education, International Student Services and the Food Distribution Center of Larimer County.

"Cans Around the Oval is a wonderful opportunity for all of CSU to come together as a community," said Lisa Leonardo, assistant director for the Office of Community Services. "After the flood, we’ve seen the tremendous healing impact of the community uniting around a common cause."

Winners from the 1996 Cans Around the Oval were Aggie Village (Apartment Life), Pi Kappa Alpha (Fraternity), Parmelee Hall (Residence Hall), Chi Omega (Sorority), and Air Force/ROTC (Student Organization).

For more information on Cans Around the Oval, call Lisa Leonardo at (970) 491-1682. For information on World Food Day, call Martha Denney at (970) 491-6793. For information regarding the Food Distribution Center, call Wendie Robinson at (970) 493-4477.