With the end of 2013 approaching with the holiday season, STUFH is encouraging food drives when most people are happy and blessed and too many families and children are searching for basic food to quell hunger. Students should take the opportunity this season to help feed their hungry neighbors. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times to help the less fortunate. With the collective efforts of all, we can squash hunger on Thanksgiving and fill appetites through the holiday season with much needed food for our local food banks.
Some examples of holiday efforts:
The University of Central Missouri promotes an effort to collect food every year for the local "Christmas Store". It is held in conjunction with the Food Center and local churches, who ask for items to make a holiday meal for a family. A great response from many students is typical.
A great Food Drive a was held on a recent Saturday by the San Antonio Food Bank with University of Incarnate Word. Food bank president Eric Cooper had the privilege of speaking to several hundred students, which he referred to as "Truly an awesome experience to be with our future leaders."
The new CKI-STUFH Ambassador for the 2013-14 school year has been named, and it is Jonathan Cao-Nguyen from the University of California, San Diego. Read Jonathan's short bio below:
Hello! My name is Jonathan Cao-Nguyen, but you can call me J-Cao! I am currently a fifth year student at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Human Development. I hope to graduate after this year and move onto my career goal of becoming an optometrist and opening my own private practice. It's definitely a difficult career path, but I know that I can do it! Some few fun things about me is that I am a long-term member of Circle K International as I have been a part of it for 5 years and I'm a huge foodie! I travel, cook, blog, photograph and much more when it comes to food. It's definitely a delicious hobby.
This year, I have the great pleasure of serving as the Students Team Up to Fight Hunger Ambassador for Circle K International. CKI and STUFH have been long time service partners and I am honored to be your go-to person in helping this wonderful cause. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this amazing service partner of Circle K International, please do not hesitate in contacting me. You can email me at email@example.com.
Kristie Brinkley of the University of Central Missouri Office of Student Activities sent in a report from the UCM spring semester "Week of STUFH". UCM is a longstanding STUFH participant where the students charitable efforts always bring help to their neighbors in need.
This spring, the University of Central Missouri "Week of STUFH" collected:
- 376.7 lbs. of food
- 48 bags/boxes of clothing
- 439 school supply items
Outgoing STUFH-CKI Ambassador Allison Priscoe compiled a Year in Review recapping the 2012-13 school year and the initiatives that came about.
Read the STUFH-CKI Year in Review here.
Outgoing STUFH-CKI Ambassador Allison Priscoe chronicles a year-end effort in Vancouver.
During the last week of June, CKI members from all over the nation (and some international countries!) came together for our annual Large Scale Service Project and International Convention in Vancouver, B.C. During the Large Scale Service Project, my team got to volunteer at the Quest Food Exchange, a local food pantry in Vancouver. This food pantry was unlike any other I have been to; it serves more as a grocery store for people in need to come shop at in exchange for their volunteer hours to help run the store. They have a wide variety of donations that come in to Quest every week, offering those who come there with the option of choosing what they would like to purchase. My group while we were there helped to repackage items that are donated in large quantities into smaller individualized packages, restock shelves with items, broke down cardboard boxes, composted items that were no longer edible, and other general housekeeping chores. Our group of 12 volunteered for 6 hours, and we helped the Quest volunteers lighten their work load for the day. It was great experiencing a hunger project outside of the U.S. and it definitely made me appreciate STUFH's mission more than I did before.
A blog post on the Quest Outreach website chronicles the CKI members' efforts.
Abby Hanscom of Indiana University Bloomington writes with a review of the first year of the local STUFH chapter on campus.
The idea to start a chapter of STUFH at IU Bloomington came to me about mid-way through my Junior year. My best friend, Tina, and I decided it would be worth our while to raise awareness of hunger at a local level on a college campus. Bloomington, Indiana has many areas of poverty stricken lifestyles where many families depend on local organizations and food banks to provide them with snacks and meals for their entire familiy. After writing the constitution and obtaining a faculty advisor, we began to brainstorm ways to promote the organization and gain popularity throughout the campus. We started raising awareness of hunger at a local level within our sorority and encouraged members to volunteer at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. I made several visits to volunteer there and at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard which is a smaller organization that provides fresh produce to give to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Overall, we hope to run multiple food drives this next year as well as continue to promote the idea of local hunger in a college town to the student population.
Others can learn how to start their own STUFH Chapter by reading the resources, including a sample constitution, at Join STUFH.
Students at the University of New Hampshire have found a real way to turn Trash 2 Treasure at a yearly yard sale on campus.
The initiative, founded by students in 2010, is the first program of its kind in the country that is both student-led and self-sustaining.
At the yearly Trash 2 Treasure event, incoming first-year and returning students can furnish their rooms and apartments on the cheap and help the environment by buying and selling unused or unwanted college dorm and apartment furniture and accessories.
Read all about the Trash 2 Treasure event at UNH News.
In other news from New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University donated 1,045 pounds of food to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The name of the program is the 'Good Stuff Campaign,' which involves collecting products that students no longer need or want at the end of the year (clothes, food, etc).
Boise State University, under the leadership of Suzanne Seiigneur, is once again holding it's Move Out-Clear Out effort to recycle useful items that students no longer want/need when they move out from university housing. Bins will be placed throughout residence halls and university apartments to help in the collection of items for donation.
A flyer promoting the event was released and can be viewed here.
The University of Iowa CKI Club is holding a food drive during the week of March 31 to April 6 to help feed the needy at their local soup kitchen. This is also the week of CKI Service Week, where up to 13,000 college students could participate to help increase awareness of CKI and it's preferred charities, of which STUFH is one.
The Alabama-Auburn Food Fight Rivalry has been a yearly event centered around the rival schools' athletic events for more than 6 years. This year, the rivalry continued, as reported below by the Food Bank of East Alabama:
We had a good result from our "food fight." Alabama may have taken Auburn on the football field, but we prevailed in the food competition. Alabama - 266,737 pounds / Auburn - 273,651 pounds! So the traveling trophy came back to Auburn and we intend to do everything we can to keep it here! :-)
A congratulations to all involved and the real winners - the communities in need in the state of Alabama.
Kelsey Cobler, The University of Texas at Austin STUFH representative, updates their new STUFH chapter standing:
Everything with the STUFH chapter at UT is going well. We have teamed up with the Capital Area Food Bank here in Austin and they have been very helpful and excited so far. Our first food drive will be at the end of this month. We are also planning a food collection competition later in the semester between a couple bigger fraternities that don't already do philanthropy for the food bank.
STUFH-CKI Ambassador Allison Prisco sends in a new update:
Recently, my division of CKI (Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle Division) visited the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and packed over 28,190 pounds of food (which equals 21,684 meals) for the meals program and the backpacks for kids program. It was astonishing how much food can be packaged for families in just a little under 3 hours. I'm very happy about the turnout on Saturday for that event, and I hope this will encourage the members to get more involved with STUFH.
A great way to off an exciting semester ahead. STUFH hopes many other CKI Clubs around the nation can help fight hunger this semester by holding Stufh The Bus Food Drives or other similar Moving Out End of Semester Food Drives.
A picture of Texas-Oklahoma participants can be viewed below.
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A new constitution with guidelines for starting a new STUFH chapter has been made available thanks to a new STUFH chapter at Indiana University Bloomington. The document offers guidelines to governance in a campus STUFH chapter and steps to efficient operation. Our thanks to Abby Hanscom and the students at Indiana University Bloomington.
The document can be found here.
The expansion of STUFH continues with the news below:
- STUFH recentlt agreed to assist in the formation of a new stufh chapter at the University of Texas at Austin headed by Kelsey Cobler.
- John Tran, VP of Duke University Circle K, is organizing a campus wide food drive for winter semester. He can be contacted here for more info.
- Also, a Constitution for starting a new STUFH chapter at Indiana University Bloomington got approved at the end of November. Abby Hanscom is leading the way with planning the first call-out meeting at the beginning of second semester in order to allow ample time to make fliers, promote the club, and get everything else in place.
The 2012-13 STUFH-CKI Ambassador has been named, and it is Allison Prisco of Oklahoma STate University. Allison is a member of the Circle K International Service Committee
as well as the 2012-2013 Lieutenant Governor for the Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle Division of Texas-Oklahoma District of Circle K International.
When asked to describe herself, Allison says:
"I have always worked with food and hunger related projects during my K-Family experience. I love packing food boxes for families in need at several food banks in both Oklahoma and Texas. I also volunteer with my sponsoring Kiwanis Club for a school-lunch program partnership with the Salvation Army. We pack lunches for children to take home over the weekend since they may not have access to food until they can come back to school for the week. My home chapter has also hosted a canned food drive for the end of the semester, and the proceeds were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. I am also serving this year as the president for an organization called The PB&J Project on my campus. We make PB&J sandwiches, then give them away for donations at lunch time on campus. All the proceeds go to Kenya Kids Can, an organization that provides meals for school children in Kenya to keep them involved in education. STUFH is also my favorite service partner since most other organizations on my campus do not focus on hunger specifically. I am a hard worker, and I put forth my greatest efforts on any project I take on! I am a team player, and I believe I can help others become as passionate about STUFH in this position. I am excited for this year, and I cannot wait to begin working with you."
A fantastic update was sent in from Jeanna Kindle of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, a long time partner and participant of STUFH. The efforts of organizations like the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and it's neighbors is what makes STUFH the success it is today.
Los Angeles continues a tough battle. The continual challenges associated with the economy, coupled with the need for the Food Bank to more tightly manage our budget has opened the doors for some of our agency partners to make direct pick ups (especially for food drives). This change frees our drivers and trucks to service our larger donors.
I'm happy to report that during the 2011-2012 school year, we received 49,726 pounds of product.
2011 - 2012 Top 5 University/College Food Drive Donors:
** Notable Mention goes to:
- Pepperdine University
- West Coast University
- Loyola Marymount
- Art Center College of Design
- Art Institute of California
- Azusa Pacific University
- Cal State Los Angeles
- Casa Loma College
- East Los Angeles College
- Occidental College
- Pierce College
- Southwestern Law School
- University of the West
Dan, words fail to express how much I appreciate you and the work you and STUFH manages to get done regularly. The nearly 50,000 pounds we received from the participating schools equates to nearly 39,000 meals for those hungry and needy people in Los Angeles County.
Each time I have an opportunity to speak to a group of students (at all levels), I urge them to visit the STUFH web-site. Each donated pound can make a huge difference for the hungry and those at risk for hunger.
As I'm sure you know, students of all ages who are hungry perform at a lower level than those who are not dealing with hunger pangs. While we can't earmark donations from the STUFH program to any particular group, I am confident that the pounds received are making a difference in the lives of hungry students in Los Angeles.
Jeanna Kindle, CPP, CFR
Chief Product Acquisitions Officer
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
See some images of student volunteers working with the LA Regional Food Bank to support local food drives: