Colorado State University’s 27th annual Cans Around the Oval collected 63,713 pounds of food and $49,260 during this year’s effort. Because each dollar counts for four pounds of food, the total impact of this year’s effort came to 260,753 pounds of food.
“Collection day was an incredible success and we owe a huge thank you to the volunteers who made the event possible,” said Jenn Rieskamp, program coordinator for CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office. “For the 27th year in a row, students, faculty and staff at the university came together to support this event, our community and the Food Bank for Larimer County.”
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.
Cans Around the Oval helps more than 40,000 people who depend on the Food Bank for Larimer County. The donations from this one collection day can help these individuals for up to four months.
The four-week food drive began on Sept. 12 and concluded on Oct. 16. This is a community effort involving campus participants, local businesses and volunteer groups around Fort Collins.
Cans Around the Oval is sponsored by CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement, or SLiCE, office.
For more information about Cans Around the Oval, visit http://www.slice.colostate.edu/cans-around-the-oval.aspx.