Media Advisory: CSU’s 23rd Annual Cans Around the Oval Aims to Collect More Than 90,000 Pounds of Food Tomorrow, Oct. 20


Colorado State’s 23rd annual Cans Around the Oval will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 on the historic CSU Oval. Remarks will begin at 10 a.m. and the first two cans will be placed on the Oval by CSU President Tony Frank and Food Bank for Larimer County Executive Director Amy Pezzani.

This year, more than 140 university and community groups have signed up to participate in CSU’s Cans Around the Oval. 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.

As the largest one-day food drive in northern Colorado, CSU partners with the Food Bank for Larimer County to raise food and monetary donations to help those in need in the community. Last year, 13,000 students, faculty, and members of the community collected 90,000 pounds of food; enough to wrap around the Oval 45 times. A record $27,000 in donations also was received during last year’s effort.

Cans Around the Oval helps more than 40,000 people who depend on the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The event is sponsored by CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office. To learn more about SLiCE, visit

Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 or and Brett Rundle at (970) 980-1871.