Cans Around the Oval is a Colorado State University tradition, where students, faculty, and staff partner with community members, local media, and area businesses to raise awareness about the facts surrounding the issue of hunger, as well as raise food and monetary donations. This event is Larimer County's largest single-day food drive. Watch this video for an in depth perspective of the amazing impact of Cans Around the Oval.
You can register your group to participate any time between early September and 10/22.
We need your help in reaching our goal this year for the Food Bank for Larimer County!
Important Dates for Cans Around the Oval 2014:
Cans Around the Oval 2014 will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 on the CSU Oval from 10am-4pm. Registered groups are encouraged to drop off food and monetary donations at the following times:
Things to consider about collecting for Cans Around the Oval:
To see how we did for Cans Around the Oval 2013, check out our Contest Updates and Results page.
For more information on hunger, poverty and what work is being done here and around the globe, please visit our Hunger Awareness Links page.
With its variety of programs, the Food Bank for Larimer County fights hunger in our own community every day. By joining the cans team through donating cans, collecting canned food, or even contributing what you can financially, you are making a difference in the lives of thousands of Larimer County residents.
The Food Bank for Larimer County distributed over 7.5 Million pounds of food to Larimer County residents alone in 2009. For a better understanding how hunger affects us locally, please check out the Food Bank's Hunger Facts.
In 1986, a senior CSU PR student, interviewed Sandy Bowden, the founder and first Director of the Food Bank for Larimer County as part of a class assignment. In the interview, Sandy spun the idea of circling the Oval with canned food as a way to promote a campus food drive. In her paper, the student coined the name "Cans Around the Oval."
At the time of her graduation, the student handed the paper over to the ASCSU Community Services Office. The Director read her short paper and agreed that it was a great idea. CSU contacted the Food Bank and they decided to partner on the project. The first year, Fall of 1987, the event raised only enough food to circle the Oval one time by placing the cans about 1 foot apart! Over the years, as the event grew, more and more cans were collected and the oval was circled with cans 3-4 times.
Since that time, Cans has grown in scope and impact, involving more groups and collecting more food each year. The Office for Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) now sponsors Cans Around the Oval. In 2011, over 130 unique groups were involved and the 60,300 pounds of food could circle the oval over 30 times. Additionally, the $34,000 donated was the second largest amount of money donated in the history of the program!
For a longer history, Click Here.
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