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2010.02.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Campus Food Drive Competition for Catholic Charities of Omaha

Omaha -A campus food drive for Catholic Charities of Omaha is planned for Monday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, March 11. The competition, “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Break,” is open to all students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

A kick-off event is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Teams of six to eight people are encouraged to collect nonperishable food items for Catholic Charities. The winning team will have the highest count of items, as opposed to the highest weight of items. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented for the highest food donation and the most creative collection box.

Winners will be announced at the competition finale at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1 in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons on the UNO campus.

Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides food to Omaha’s impoverished population. In 2009 they helped 70,000 individuals.

Catholic Charities has requested the following nonperishable items:

• Peanut butter
• Jelly
• Crackers
• Pancake mix
• Bottles of 100 percent juice
• Tuna
• Macaroni and cheese
• Cereal bars • Canned soups
• Hamburger Helper
• Tuna Helper
• Bags of pinto beans
• Bags of rice
• Corn flour
• Canned vegetables
• Canned fruits
• Diapers

The fundraiser is sponsored by Maverick Productions, Delta Epsilon Iota and Catholic Charities of Omaha.

To register a team or for more information, contact Amy Wieczorek at awieczorek@unomaha.edu or stop by the UNO Career Center on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. An event for the food drive has also been posted on Facebook.

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