Annual food drive surpasses goal for total donations
James Adams, a senior journalism major, sorts cans donated by the Society for Professional Journalists. The event continued through the cold weather, raising more than 40,000 pounds of canned food.
Despite the cold weather, participants of this year's Cans to Candelaria food drive gathered Thursday underneath a tent set up in the parking lot behind Candelaria Hall. The event attracted 55 different organizations and departments of UNC and members of the community who were interested in helping families in need alleviate the burden of hunger.
Participants streamed in during the five-hour collection period to collect, weigh and calculate how much cash and how many cans each organization and department managed to collect. At the end of the drop, the total amount of food collected was more than the set goal of 40,000 pounds.
"We have been working on it in our PR class, which is the capstone class for journalism majors," said Tyler Smeeton, a senior journalism and sociology major. "We had fun trying to set everything up."
Smeeton said this was his first time participating in Cans to Candelaria and that it was a beneficial learning experience for him. He also said even though the work was hard, it made him feel good all around.
"Today was ultimately the best day, I think, because it definitely showed community support," Smeeton said.
Mary Alice Nava, an employee with the promotions department at KKPL 99.9 FM The Point, was also present at the collection tent.
"It was really good turnout despite the weather," Nava said. "We have been promoting the event a couple of weeks in advance, and DJ Kane from our station was also broadcasting from 10 a.m. to noon today, trying to bring in more donations."
The awards ceremony in the evening in Candelaria Hall Room 1045 included some representatives from the different University of Northern Colorado organizations and departments. The winners of this year's Cans to Candelaria challenge was announced as well as the new mascot, "Can-Dee the Coin."
"One dollar equals six pounds of food," said Rick Cramer, a local food solicitor for the Weld Food Bank. "Cash is more versatile; that is why UNC has been trying to raise more cash than cans this year."
This year's third place winner was Housing and Residence Life, second place was Student Dietetic Association and the grand prize went to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, with a total of 12,327.46 pounds.
After the winners were announced, Bob O'Connor, a representative from Weld Food Bank, gave a short speech. O'Connor said this year's request for food was far above average.
"These donations couldn't come at a better time," O'Connor said. "They will be sorted out and distributed by tomorrow."
O'Connor also gave some statistics during his speech. He said one out of every five people in Greeley live below the poverty line and about 4,500 new families are seeking food assistance this year.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More uncmirror News Articles
Recent uncmirror News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR UNCMIRROR
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST UNCMIRROR NEWS
RECENT UNCMIRROR CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Zulily Helps Moms Navigate the "Fourth Trimester" in Style
- Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing
- Stop Pests This Spring With These Safe, Simple Steps
- Have a Blast This Spring Break With These Must-Have...
- Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
- University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group's Annual...
- Telecom and Cloud Service Options Expand in Africa
- Depression Sufferers Find Hope With New Sound Technology
- Going With Your Gut -- Virtual Colonoscopy Simplifies...
- Entrepreneurs Provide TIPS! Monthly Yield Now Makes Sense
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Applications Available for Phi Kappa Phi Student Leadership Summit
- GREEN AMERICA: ONE MILLION TREES COULD BE SAVED EACH YEAR IF UNIVERSITIES SWITCHED TO ONLY RECYCLED PAPER FOR ALUMNI MAGAZINES
- Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program
- Entries Are Open for 9th Annual SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards
- Investor Bitcoin Investment Plans Guarantee Zero Losses