Cans Around the Oval had a record-breaking year as it brought in 61,000 pounds of food and $37,000 last week, an increase in monetary donations from previous years.
â€œI think moving forward, the focus is going to be to contribute any way that feels best for you, whether that be with money or food,â€ said Brett Rundle, the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement program coordinator for Cans Around the Oval.
With 2009 monetary donations totaling about $27,000, this yearâ€™s increase was a pleasant surprise for the SLiCE office.
â€œWe are definitely happy with the support that CSU and Fort Collins showed for Cans Around the Oval and the Food Bank for Larimer County,â€ Rundle said.
For each dollar donated, the Food Bank can buy four pounds of non-perishable food items. With $37,000 the Bank will be able to purchase 148,000 pounds.
â€œThis is the most money they have raised for us,â€ said Chuck Gill, assistant director of the Food Bank for Larimer County. â€œWe thought it was a fantastic day.â€
As one of the largest food drives for the Food Bank, Cans Around the Oval has raised money and canned food for 24 years.
â€œCans (Around The Oval) is sort of the beginning of the food drive season for us,â€ Gill said. â€œBy the time Cans (Around The Oval) comes around our supply is a little depleted, but that food drive gets us back into pretty good shape.â€
Cassidy Black, a senior human development and family studies major, volunteered for Cans Around the Oval after coordinating the event last year.
â€œIt was really cool to see everyone come together,â€ Black said. â€œIt definitely wouldnâ€™t have been possible without the volunteers. They showed up and did what they needed to do.â€
â€œAll in all, we considered it to be a huge success this year,â€ Rundle said.
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â€˜Cansâ€™ by the numbers
Monetary donations in 2009
Monetary donations in 2010
Pounds of non-perishable food donated in 2009
Pounds of non-perishable food donated in 2010