In an effort to help replenish area food pantries and soup kitchens, University of Saint Francis students, faculty and staff launched a massive effort in November to collect food and funds. The campaign used many means to encourage others to donate: collection bins were set up around campus, discounts were offered on tickets to the fall production of All Shook Up in return for food donations, and students and faculty went door to door. In the end they collected an extraordinary 11,952 pounds of food and $7,849 in cash for Community Harvest Food Bank. The Associated Churches and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen also received donations from the drive.

Rick Cartwright, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, directed the effort. “We had a wonderful response from the campus community to the collection of food and monetary donations,” Mr. Cartwright noted. “The university is very pleased to have been able to make the holidays better for our neighbors who needed help this year.”

“I can’t believe their success,” said Jane Avery, Executive Director, Community Harvest Food Bank. “These totals are amazing. They worked so hard. I hope the students, faculty and staff are proud of their efforts. I know I am. This will make a big difference! Thanks also to Five Star Distributing and Stan Ziherl for helping us haul the huge load of food back to Community Harvest.”

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