Academic Affairs Hosts Fall Food Drive Oct. 18-22

Did you know that of those who visit Minnesota food shelves:

  • 50 percent are children
  • 43 percent have jobs but need to choose between paying for food and paying other bills
  • 20 percent are senior citizens

To help alleviate hunger in the Twin Cities, the Office of Academic Affairs will sponsor a food drive from Monday through Friday, Oct. 18-22. The goal is to raise $1,400 and collect 700 pounds of food for the Keystone Community Services Midway Food Shelf.

Collections boxes will be located throughout the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. (See locations listed below.) Checks can be made out to Keystone Community Services.

 The most needed food items are:

  • Canned meat products (tuna, stew, chili, etc.)
  • Dried beans
  • Rice
  • Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned soup
  • Pasta
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Baking mixes

Also needed are personal care items:

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Diapers

 Meal-plan donations

In addition to gifts of food and money, meals from meal plans can be donated. Meal plan donations will be taken during lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and during dinner on Thursday, Oct. 21, outside the Student Dining Hall in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

 Collection box locations

Collections boxes will be located around the St. Paul campus, including the Office of Academic Affairs, the Grill, the Commuter Center, Koch Commons, the Luann Dummer Center for Women and various department offices.

On the Minneapolis campus, collections boxes will be placed near the Minneapolis Campus Services Office in Terrence Murphy Hall, near the Scholars desk in Opus Hall, on the second floor of the School of Law, and in the Schulze Hall skyway.

For more information e-mail Courtney Turnquist.