KU News Release

June 29, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

KU staff collecting food, money for community in annual food drive

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LAWRENCE — KU staff are helping the community stretch its food dollar 10 times over this summer.

The Unclassified and University Support Staff senates are teaming up for the third annual Summer Food Drive July 11-15 and have added a new dimension to this year’s collection. This year the senates are collecting monetary donations as well as food.

Food donations are critical, but donating money can provide an even greater benefit. Just Food, the Douglas County food bank, can purchase one pound of food for 10 cents. For the roughly 75 cents one might pay for a can of beans, Just Food can provide one person with an entire meal. With that in mind, this year’s goal is to collect one ton of food donations and enough money to purchase 20,000 pounds of food, or $2,000.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.justfoodfund.org. To ensure the donations are counted for the KU Summer Food Drive, donors should enter “KU Fights Hunger” in the comments section. Money can be donated July 11-22.

Non-perishable donations can be given at numerous sites around campus, including Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, Anschutz Library, Kansas Union, Burge Union, Computer Center, Parking and Transit Office, Strong Hall, Watson Library and many others. For a full map of campus collection points, visit www.facebook.com/HelpKUFightHunger. Physical donations must be made by noon July 15.

“The KU community has stepped forward and showed how much it cares by collecting an outstanding amount of food the past two summers,” said Thelma Simons, IT process improvement specialist and an organizer of the food drive. “I know it’s hard to believe that hunger is a reality for one of every six people in Douglas County, but it’s true. Donations can help us change this sobering reality. All we need to meet this year’s financial goal is to have 100 people donate $20 each. I am sure that we have enough caring people on our campus to easily meet that goal.”

The KU Staff Summer Food Drive is held each July to combat food shortages in the community. Donations to food banks traditionally drop during the summer, and demand is higher as children are not in school and eat more meals at home. The first two food drives collected almost three tons of food for the community. The drive is open to everyone, including faculty, staff, students, campus visitors and the public.

For more information on Just Food, visit www.eckan.org/justfood.

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