On Wednesday, Nov. 7, The University of Findlay, with its dining service, Sodexo, participated in Helping Hands Across America and collected 47,286 pounds (23.643 tons) of food, which was donated to Chopin Hall.
Donations came from both the campus community and members of Hancock County community.
The event, part of Sodexo’s nationwide food drive, was an attempt to break UF’s 2011 national record of 37,271 pounds of food collected in a 12-hour period.
The Findlay community was invited to drop off donations of canned goods and, Helping Hands’ “Fill the Fleet” was at Findlay’s east side Walmart collecting donations.
In 2010, The University of Findlay, with support from the Findlay community, ranked first among college campuses nationwide for pounds of food collected at 26,324 pounds. In 2009, 17,825 pounds were collected, and UF ranked first in the nation. Findlay finished third in 2008 by collecting 12,641.79 of nonperishable food items.
The University has participated in the event since 2006, and Helping Hands at The University of Findlay has collected and donated 148,885.82 pounds of food to Chopin Hall.
UF’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Rotaract Club, Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise), Theta Chi and UFOSEA (UF Ohio Student Education Association) volunteered to assist collecting donations.
For information on how you can support this event next year, contact David P. Harr, director of dining services, at 419-434-4542.