Eta Sigma Gamma's
18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge, April 4, 2012
at High Noon at the Henningson Campanile

(Scroll down to see this year's rules for the traditional Bell Tower Challenge and the Wheels for Meals.)

Almost 47,000 pounds of food has been collected since its inception

Why Have a Food Drive?

Our uncertain economy has caused an increase in prices for almost everything, including food. Many families who were meeting all their bills, now find themselves being pushed over the edge because of the increasing prices. They have to ask for emergency food assistance for their family, and many are embarrassed by this, even though they cannot control how the economy affects their family.

The Food Bank of the Heartland staff is working hard to provide additional food in the pantries and the meal sites it serves; it also provides food directly to people via several direct programs: Mobile Pantry, Senior Outreach, The Food Bank for Kids BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, and Food Bank Fresh. However, demand is outstripping supply as more and more families need assistance. Please help The Food Bank for the Heartlands meet this ever-increasing need by participating in this year's Bell Tower Challenge.

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A UNO Tradition

2012 Rules for the Food Stacking

1. The event is open to any organization or team of three individuals who are UNO students, faculty, administration or staff.

2. There is no entry fee, however you must be officially registered to win an award. Registration is due by noon on April 2, 2012. Click the link at the bottom of the page for the entry form.

3. All food cans brought to the contest will be donated to the Food Bank for the Heartlands.

4. The stacking contest will take place from the first chime of the noon toll to the twelfth chime (approximately one minute and thirty seconds).

5. Because space will be limited, only three individuals from each team can actually stack cans during the contest, but others may be present to bring food cans to the participants and to cheer them on, as long as they do not interfere with any other team's progress. Cans outside the designated space or cans stacked on other cans outside the space will not be counted for award purposes. If any materials, other than cans are used in the stack, the team will not be eligible for awards. More than three individuals stacking cans for a team will also result in ineligibility for awards.

6. You may stack any size of food cans (in an area that is 20" square), but the winning team will be the team with the largest total number of food cans legally stacked within the designated space. The time for stacking the cans is limited to the time that the noon bells toll.

7. Plaques will be awarded as follows:

A. Largest (Grand Prize) and second largest total of food cans stacked in the student category and largest total of food cans stacked in the faculty/staff/administration category.
B. Most creative. May include costumes of the stackers or their suporters.
C. Most enthusiastic team
D. Any team that donates at least 1000 cans of food.

Teams may win one or more plaques. If more than 8 teams in a category are entered (student or staff), second place plaques will be awarded for all categories.

8. Judges will be representatives from the local news media and/or community or campus leaders. Decisions of the judges are final.

About the Wheels for Meals event

There’s a new spin to the University of Nebraska Omaha’s annual Bell Tower Challenge – the spinning of bicycle wheels.

The Wheels for Meals bike ride will bring attention to UNO for achieving Honorable Mention, Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists.

Participants in the bicycling event will ride their bikes to Elmwood Park anytime between 10 and 11:45 a.m. where they will pick up canned food items to represent a balanced meal.

• Canned tuna –Elmwood Park Grotto

• Canned vegetables – Monument (near Pavilion)

• Canned fruit – Fitness Park

There will be people to help direct you to the location of the cans.

After collecting the food from the designated locations at Elmwood Park, cyclists will transport the food (cyclists are encouraged to bring a backpack) to the Bell Tower where food with be used by the teams that will compete in the traditional event to stack the cans the fastest, beginning at noon at the chime of the bells.

There will be a drawing from among all those who biked for prizes including a 30-day B-cycle pass and Starbucks gift cards.

This event coincides with National Public Health Week whose slogan is “A Healthier America Begins Today.” Wheels for Meals encourages students to get some exercise all for a good cause.

There is no fee to enter the Wheels for Meals event although participants should email Eta Sigma Gamma president Aja Kneip at to let her know that you plan to bike.

Past Bell Tower Challenge Winners
2012 Bell Tower Challenge Entry Form
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