Kresge Library News: Announcing Kresge Business Administration Library’s Second Annual Spring Food Drive

February 20, 2012

Announcing Kresge Business Administration Library’s Second Annual Spring Food Drive

Kresge Business Administration Library's Second Annual Spring Food Drive (February 20 thru June 1, 2012)

Please join the Ross School of Business' Kresge Library as we embark on our second annual springtime food drive for Washtenaw County food banks. We are looking to collect non-perishable food donations that we will distribute to a number of local food banks. We will have boxes available for drop-off of food items from Monday February 20, 2012 through Friday June 1, 2012.

We are undertaking this food drive now for a few reasons:
•Did you know that food banks are overflowing with stock in November through January with holiday-based food drives. While the problem of hunger never goes away, the resources dry up in the spring and summer.
•Did you realize that nearly 40% of our students graduate every April and many are leaving town. This is a great way to lighten your load as you head out with your degree in hand.

Last year during our first food drive, we collected almost 60 boxes of food that were split between the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Saline Social Services in Saline, Michigan. Here are photos from last year's drive:

2/365/1097 (June 13, 2011) – First Annual Food Drive at the Kresge Business Administration Library at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

We are starting the food drive earlier to connect with MBA1 students who are heading out for MAP assignments and miss almost all of the Winter B term. This year, we will also change the way that we distribute food to local organizations. Instead of waiting until the end of the food drive, we will make a deliver to an organization once we have collected 15-20 boxes of food. We will be including Hope Clinic (Ypsilanti), Saline Social Services (Saline), Back Door Food Pantry (Ann Arbor), and others.

We will have drop-off boxes in Kresge Library at the Circulation Desk on the second floor items from Monday February 20, 2012 through Friday June 1, 2012. Per the guidelines established by many food banks, we ask you to make sure that the donated items are:
• Non-perishable food products
• Contained in factory-sealed containers
• Currently not expired products
• Not in glass containers (most food banks avoid these as they can break in transit)

Food Items in great need include:
• Tuna Fish or other canned fish or meat
• Beef Stew, Meat Soups
• Hearty Soups
• Canned Spaghetti or Pasta
• Chili
• Beans (kidney, pinto, green, yellow, refried or black beans)
• Baby Food or Formula
• Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks
• Rice
• Dry Beans
• Noodles, Macaroni
• Powdered Milk
• Pancake or Baking Mixes
• Cereal/Oatmeal
• Granola Bars
• Peanut Butter
• Jelly (in plastic jars)

Many Food Banks also collect unopened personal products including:
• Diapers
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Soap
• Shampoo
• Disposable Razors
• Travel sized personal products are also very useful

If you want to learn more about food banks and hunger in America, you can see this page on the Kresge Wiki:
http://webservices.itcs.umich.edu/mediawiki/KresgeLibrary/index.php/Food_Banks

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Seeman at cseeman@umich.edu or at 734-764-9969.

Thank you for participating in this new annual tradition at Ross.


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