Colorado State University’s Annual Cans Around the Oval Celebrates Food Drive Success Oct. 12

Cans Around the Oval, a 19-year tradition at Colorado State University and the largest food drive in Northern Colorado, will be held Oct. 12 on the university’s historic Oval.

The four-week food drive began on Sept. 14 and concludes with Cans around the Oval, when all donated food will be weighed. Cans Around the Oval participants will close the event by lining the university’s historic Oval with all collected canned food, a tradition that visually demonstrates the community’s generosity.

The first can will be placed on the Oval at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 by Joyce Berry, Colorado State’s vice president for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives. The food collected at various locations and by volunteer groups will be brought to the site by volunteers throughout the day. The weight of food gathered by each group’s food drive efforts will be calculated and tallied on the Oval; various student and community groups compete to donate the most food.

Last year, more than 117,000 pounds of food were collected for the more than 40,000 people who depend upon the Food Bank for Larimer County.

"Each year, the Colorado State and Fort Collins communities make a tremendous display of generosity and caring through Cans Around the Oval," said Barb Kistler, director of the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement office. "These efforts make a significant, positive impact on those in need."

Cans Around the Oval is sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. SLCE provides leadership development, service-learning and volunteer opportunities, and works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and the community to offer a broad range of service and leadership opportunities for student involvement. Through the programs at SLCE, students find support and resources to graduate as engaged, active participants in their local, national and global communities.

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