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The Blue Hens CAN unified campus food drive closed Friday, with total collections topping two tons for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Feeding the hungry

Inaugural Blue Hens CAN unified campus food drive tops two tons


4:49 p.m., Nov. 16, 2012--The inaugural Blue Hens CAN unified campus food drive closed Friday, with the University of Delaware collecting more than two tons of nonperishable food items to stock the Food Bank of Delaware.

Blue Hens CAN — a joint venture of the University’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and theĀ Food Bank of Delaware — featured a UD food collection bus parked at a different campus location each day of this week to accept items donated by the campus community.

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The goods were then transported to the Food Bank of Delaware at the end of each day.

Assisting with collections at the bus on Friday were representatives of the Dietetics and Nutrition Club, the Interfraternity Council, the Occupational Therapy Club and the Food Science Club.

A large donation Friday came from UD’s Sussex County sites in Georgetown. UD students, the Sussex County Master Gardeners, 4-H Club members and staff from the Carvel Research and Education Center, along with participants from Delaware Technical Community College and the Delmarva Poultry Industry, combined to donate 389 pounds of food.

The total for the Blue Hens CAN effort during the week topped two tons, according to a representative of the Food Bank of Delaware.

Blue Hens CAN organizers said additional donations are anticipated and an official final total will be announced in the near future.

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