CSU’s 22nd annual Cans Around the Oval food drive, known as the largest one-day food drive in Larimer County, brought in 6,000 more pounds of food than the previous year’s 84,000 pounds, officials announced last week.
The total collected through the food drive, which ended in October, came to 90,000 pounds of non-perishable food donations and $27,000 in monetary donations that was given to the Food Bank of Larimer County.
“We are extremely pleased with the results because we had aimed for 10,000 participants and got 13,000, and we aimed for $25,000, and we finished with much more than that,” said Keith Colton, program coordinator for SLiCE, in a press release.
The $27,000 in monetary donations will provide approximately 108,000 meals on top of the 2,250 individual meals made from the 90,000 pounds of food collected, according to a press release.
The expansion of Cans Around the Oval to Denver, Castle Rock and Steamboat for the first time this year added more than 300 pounds of food donations to local food banks. Additionally, 369 pounds of food and $160 in donations were collected at two CSU home football games.