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.
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.