FORT COLLINS — Cans Around the Oval, the largest one-day food drive benefiting the Food Bank for Larimer County, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
The iconic event kicked off Sept. 7 and will continute to build to collection day on Oct. 12. This year’s goal is to collect the most non-perishable food in the history of the effort coordinated through Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE).
“CSU has a really unique community that values supporting each other and being actively engaged,” said Jenn Rieskamp, program coordinator for the SLiCE office. “Last year we had 15,000 participants – that’s just amazing. It’s just a very special event.”
Those 15,000 members of the Ram Family helped bring in a record amount of food and cash donations, enough to provide 345,514 pounds of food to feed hungry families in Northern Colorado.
The students of SLiCE hope to break last year’s record – again – this year.
Community members and CSU faculty and staff can pitch in to the student-led event by donating and getting the word out, especially sharing on social media. Friendly competition between units, departments and colleges is encouraged!
One of the unique aspects of Cans happens on Oct. 5, when registered groups participate in CANStruction. The Lory Student Center Plaza will be filled with creative sculptures built out of some of the canned food items, and those participating are awarded 100 bonus pounds toward their collected total.
Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, participants bring all food and monetary donations to the Oval, where they are weighed, totaled and collected by the Food Bank for Larimer County.