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UF Dining Service, Sodexo, crushes 2013 food drive record

On November 4, 2015, The University of Findlay’s dining service, Sodexo, broke UF'sannouncement photo.png

2013 record of 55,221 pounds of food collected in a 12-hour period, collecting 64,392 pounds of food.     


To count toward the record, all food items must be within the expiration dates and must not be damaged. Each donated item is recorded in a log book and witnessed by community and University representatives. Only food collected on the day of the event counted towards the effort. After the items have been counted and recorded, they are donated to CHOPIN Hall in Findlay, Ohio.


There were multiple collection locations throughout Findlay.  On The University of Findlay campus,  drive-up and drop-off your food donation in front of the Alumni Memorial Union on Frazer Street between 7:30 am - 7:30 pm.  In Findlay, on the East side: Walmart on Tiffin Ave,  on the West Side: Great Scot Community Market on Broad Ave, and on the South Side: Kroger on 6th Street all collecting from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. 


CHOPIN Hall Top five food items in need:  1) Peanut Butter 2) Canned Fruit 3) Canned Pasta with meat 4) Canned Soup 5) Canned Vegetables.


Henderson Dining Hall was the headquarters for the food drive.  All the food collected was brought to this location to be inspected, sorted, recorded and packed for delivery to CHOPIN Hall.  WFIN broadcasted live from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, WKXA broadcasted live from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and WLFC broadcasted live from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  WLIO TV from Lima covered the event on their evening news.

Special thanks to all the volunteers, Campbells, Great Scot Community Market, Walmart, Kroger, Courier, WKXA, WFIN, WLFC, Garner Trucking and all of the individual who donated towards this event.


To date, The University of Findlay Helping Hands food drive has donated 318,456 pounds of food to CHOPIN Hall.

  • 2015 - NEW UF Record:  64,392 pounds of food collected

  • 2014 - 49,957 pounds of food collected, second highest total in the history of the event.
  • 2013 - Previous UF Record set:  55, 221 pounds of food collected within 12 hours!!!

  • 2012 - 47,287 pounds of food collected, breaking the previous year's mark.
  • 2011 - 37,271 pounds of food collected donated, setting a new high at the time. 
  • 2010 - The University topped its previous record set just the year before collecting 26,324 pounds.
  • 2009 - UF Dining Services finishes first in the nation for the first collecting and donating 17,825 pounds of food to CHOPIN Hall.
  • 2008 - With tremendous support from the Findlay community, The University of Findlay ranked third among college campuses nationwide for pounds of food collected (12,641.79 pounds) and doubled its 2007 collection.
  • 2007 - The University collected 6544 pounds. At that time, the University was second in the nation among college campuses that participated. All of UF's donations were delivered to CHOPIN (Christians Helping Other People in Need) Hall in Findlay. 
  • 2006 - The event, Cans Across America (now called Helping Hands Across America), was introduced to all college campuses across the United States. The University of Findlay collected 994 pounds in this first year. 
For more information, contact Dining Service at 419-434-4542 or ufdining@findlay.edu