Oct 17, 2012

Food for Thought 2012

(Newport News, Va.) - Smithfield Foods logoChristopher Newport University will hold the finale of its 5th annual Food for Thought campaign on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. The drive mobilizes the campus community to collect food and money to benefit the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. To support the CNU effort, Smithfield Foods has generously pledged 10,000 pounds of protein as part of its “Helping Hungry Homes” program.

Organized by the University’s Center for Community Engagement, Food for Thought engages students, faculty and staff in an important dialogue regarding the underlying causes of hunger, as well as how to directly contribute to both short- and long-term solutions. A goal of collecting resources equivalent to 50,000 pounds of food has been set for this year.

To kick off the effort, student groups gathered in the Trible Library courtyard on Oct. 10 to provide information about the campaign and encourage people to make donations. This initial effort raised $860, which equates to 4,100 pounds of food.close up of canned goods raised at Food for Thought at CNU

Community members are invited to drop off non-perishable food items and checks (made payable to The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula) on Nov. 9 between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., while the campus community weighs, sorts, boxes and loads food collected during the month directly onto Foodbank trucks.

For more information, visit engage.cnu.edu/specialevents/foodforthought or contact Krista Rogers, Center for Community Engagement Secretary at (757) 594-7492 or krista.rogers@cnu.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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Lori Jacobs
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