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:
Kristie Brinkley, Assistant Director of Student Activities at the University of Central Missouri, writes in with a recap of their Week of STUFH held this past April across campus and community at the University of Central Missouri.
"Our first STUFH the Bus (April 30) was a success! Thank you for all of your donations to benefit our local charities. The bus was STUFH'ed with 600 lbs of food, 26 bags/ boxes of clothing and 2 shopping carts full of school supplies. Our overall collection for the Week of STUFH (in the Residence Halls) was 1,136 lbs of food, 105 bags/boxes of clothing and over 4 shopping carts of school supplies. All of these wonderful donations were given to the Warrensburg Food Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Teacher's Warehouse and The Richland Boy's Home. A special THANKS to University Housing for their co-sponsorship of this event and to Apple Bus Co. for donating the school bus."