Academic Affairs to conduct food drive July 8-17

Academic Affairs to conduct food drive July 8-17

From Academic Affairs

In 2008 there were 2.3 million visits to Minnesota Food Shelves, and needs are growing. The summer can be a particularly difficult time; without the assistance of the free school lunch program, families struggling to put food on the table have an additional meal to provide.

To help end hunger in the Twin Cities, Academic Affairs will host a food drive Wednesday, July 8, to Friday, July 17.

The goal for the summer drive is to double Academic Affairs' results from last summer by raising $150 and collecting 300 pounds of food. Donations will be given to the Keystone Community Services' Midway Food Shelf. Checks can be made out to Keystone Community Services, or items can be donated at the collection sites on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

The most needed food items are:

  • Cereal
  • Canned meat products (e.g., tuna, stew, chili, etc.)
  • Dried beans
  • Rice
  • Boxed dinners (e.g., Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Hearty soups
  • Canned pasta (e.g., ravioli, etc.)
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar

Also needed are personal care items:

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

Collection box locations

In St. Paul, collection boxes will be at the Grill, Koch Commons, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas and various department offices.

On the Minneapolis campus collection 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 Kathryn Pogin.