On October 12th at 10am Cans Around the Oval will kick-off their 25th year on the Colorado State University Oval. Cans Around the Oval holds the title of Larimer County's largest one-day food drive. All collected food and monetary donations benefit The Food Bank for Larimer County. Last year ”˜Cans' donated over 66,000 pounds of food and $39,000.
Although ”˜Cans' is hosted by the Student Leadership and Community Engagement office at CSU, members of the Fort Collins and Larimer County participate in great number to create an important relationship between students, business members, and residents reaching out to help the community.
Hunger is often viewed as an issue plaguing third world countries, however it is also a very real problem right here in Colorado. One in five children in Larimer County, do not have enough food to meet their nutritional needs, according to The Food Bank for Larimer County. With over 30,000 clients served by the Food Bank in 2010, Cans Around the Oval plays an important role in feeding the community throughout the year.
Cans Around the Oval encourages business, community groups, organizations, and residents to register online at www.slice.colostate.edu. Once registered groups host their own food drive until collection day, October 12th, where donations are received and counted on The Oval and recognition is given to top donors and collectors.Coming up on Tuesday September 13th is distribution day, supplies such as boxes and fliers will be given out to participants at CSU in the Senate Chambers between 9am-4pm. Cans will host a number of event throughout September and October for participants, details can be found online.