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Food Drive Goal Surpassed by Nearly 10,000 Pounds

fooddrive2-300x200.jpgThe University of Findlay and Sodexo’s 11th annual Helping Hands Food Drive in November 2016 exceeded its collection goal by nearly 10,000 pounds and set a new school record!

A total of 74,446 pounds of food was collected during the one-day event held Wednesday, exceeding this year’s 65,000-pound target. Thirty-four pallets necessitated two semis for delivery to Findlay’s CHOPIN Hall food pantry; Garner Transportation Group donated trucks and drivers.

“I just can’t imagine how that amount of food was collected in one day,” said Marty Price, CHOPIN Hall’s director. She called it “phenomenal” and noted “the number of people that this food is going to help in our community is tremendous. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to help make this possible.”

“This is amazing! Thank you to everybody for this amount,” said David P. Harr, general manager of Sodexo dining services at UF who takes the lead in organizing each year’s Helping Hands food drive.

Price said prior to the truck deliveries, the pantry was down to one and a half food pallets.

Throughout Wednesday, donations were collected on campus and at Findlay’s two Kroger and Walmart locations, and at Great Scot on Broad Avenue. Harr said the warm, sunny day helped; he recalled it snowed during some previous drives.

Other facts about this year’s event:

  • Since 2008, UF has led the nation every year in most pounds collected by a Sodexo-served university.
  • During its first participation year in 2006, UF and Sodexo collected 994 pounds.
  • A total of 188 people volunteered more than 430 hours of their time to make the event a success.
  • This year’s most needed item, peanut butter, arrived in 7,724 containers of various sizes
  • Total pounds collected and donated by Sodexo and UF to date are 394,902

Collection History:

  • 2016 - 74,446 - New Record!

  • 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 Service 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