The Thanksgiving holidays bring to us a time for efforts to help out those less fortunate in sharing the bounty of harvests and meals, who may be hungry or unable to provide meals to their families and loved ones. This year, college service organizations were invited to sponsor a "Let's Squash Hunger Food Drive" on November 24-25.
The International Service Committee of Circle K International and STUFH Ambassador Alex Nguyen would like to recognize participating clubs' involvement in this year's Let's Squash Hunger efforts at the International Convention in Indianapolis, IN. To participate, simply fill out the application found to the right and submit to email@example.com. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, January 31st @11:59PM PST.
Baylor University is doing wonderful work to fight hunger in Texas through an organized food drive and dedicated student participation.
I work for Texas Hunger Initiative, and I am trying to increase student engagement on campus in regards to anti-hunger work. I would like to organize a campus wide food drive in correspondence with the Food for Families food drive in November. I am also interested in getting students involved and creating their own chapter of STUFH.
No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador
A recap of the first year with the local STUFH chapter at the University of Texas at Austin was shared with great results. Read below for the full details.
The first year of STUFH at the University of Texas at Austin was a success. We teamed up with the Capital Area Food Bank who provided us with great educational material about food insecurity in Austin and the surrounding areas. Most of our efforts were focused on becoming involved with other organizations on campus and providing food insecurity awareness to the students as well as helping them implement food drives within their organizations. We also held a "Fraternity Food Fight" that consisted of some healthy competition for a good cause and raised several hundred pounds of food. Being involved with STUFH has provided me and others with many memorable experiences and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to become involved with this movement. I will keep you updated regarding the continuation of this chapter at UT.
Learn more on how to start a local STUFH chapter at your college.
A new STUFH-CKI Ambassador has been named for the 2014-15 school year in Alex Nguyen of Orange Coast College. A quick biography is below:
Hello! My name is Alex D. Nguyen and I will be serving as the 2014-2015 Circle K - STUFH Ambassador. I am currently a third-year attending Orange Coast College majoring in Public Health with a double major in Asian Studies and a minor in Education. With Public Health, I would like to work in a clinical setting whether it'd be dentistry, medicine, or behavior and cognition, as well as help educate the community, especially in third-world countries, about the many things they can do to improve their personal health, family health, emotional health, and so much more. One of my favorite service projects is called Kelly's Closet, where my home club and the surrounding Kiwanis Family branches come together to help underprivileged children shop for clothes, supplies, and other essentials for the upcoming school year and afterwards, we host a carnival for them to enjoy themselves and have fun with their mentors. You really do get a chance to bond with these kids and get to know their story and mentor them. Service is really an amazing tenet in Circle K. It really helps us connect with not only each other, but our community as well. Service gives us the opportunity to give back to our community what it has given us to make us who we are. I encourage everyone to do something to help their community today whether it is doing something small-scale like packaging boxes of canned foods for the homeless or large-scale like renovating a rundown school!
Some new results from recent food drives have been reported.
The sixth year of the Summit League Food Fight recently concluded. Vanessa Obrochta reports that this year, member schools raised a combined 58,822.75 lbs. of food in the sixth year of the Summit League Food Fight. South Dakota State took home the Food Fight title, bringing in 25,347.46 lbs. The final results release can be found here: http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/articles/2013-14/releases/040914_final_food_fight.
Vanessa and the Summot League consistently do a great job to help the less fortunate around their area and beyond. The Summit League has raised over a quarter of a million pounds of food since they began their food fight program six years ago, which is a great example of community engagement to help the less fortunate around us.
Students at two universities are planning new stufh chapters this summer. Emily Knipp at the University of Maine at Orono and Jennifer Germano at Life university in Atlanta, Georgia have contacted STUFH filing their intention to start stufh chapters at their respective colleges. If you are interested in starting a local chapter at your university, contact us for guidance.
The newest STUFH-CKI Ambassador has been named. Michael Zhou, from the University of California-Berkely, will take over resposibilities for the remainder of the school year and more. He provided a biography to share:
Hello! My name is Michael Zhou and I will be serving as the new Circle K-STUFH Ambassador for the remaining term. I am a second year currently attending college at the University of California, Berkeley in the Cal-Nev-Ha District of CKI. I'm thinking of obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering and a possible double major in Public Health as well! My choice in this major is to help out with my end goal of entering research with fuel and gas. In the future I want to not only make a difference in a large scale, but also in the local community. One of my favorite service projects that my home club hosts is a local soup kitchen called Loaves & Fishes. Unlike conventional soup kitchens where you hand out food or serve the guests dinner, at Loaves & Fishes you have the opportunity to sit down with the guests and talk to them about life.
This term as the Circle K-STUFH Ambassador my main goals are to provide more recognition for the clubs, incentives to host projects for hunger initiatives, and easy-to-use resources for the membership. If you have any questions about this international service partner or want to be recognized for your efforts in hunger initiatives, feel free to contact me!
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Before students go on Spring Break, Students Team Up To Fight Hunger (STUFH) is sponsoring a "Give The Hungry A Break Before Spring Break" Food Drive. We invite all service organizations to join this effort of helping provide for the needy in our communities during the first weeks of March. The college which raises the most food in each state will be featured on stufh.org with photos of their involved students.
Remember, the hungry need our help year round--they get no break! Please contact us if you need further information.
The annual food fight competition between Auburn and Alabama recently concluded.
This year, the University of Alabama raised 299,398 to Auburn's 169,702. With all of the excitement and drama of the recent Iron Bowl football game, Martha Henk, of the Food Bank of East Alabama, reminds all participants "as we always say, there are no losers in this competition and we are very grateful for the food this drive generates." A total of 469,000 pounds of food is a fantastic result for both Alabama and Auburn to be proud of.
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.