Nov 14, 2013

Food For Thought 2013

(Newport News, Va.) - Christopher Newport University will hold the finale of its 6th annual Food for Thought campaign on Friday, November 15, 2013, in the courtyard between the Trible Library and David Student Union. 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 once again generously pledged 10,000 pounds of protein as part of its Helping Hungry Homes program.

“Over the last three years, Smithfield has donated more than 25 million servings of protein across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program to food banks that serve their communities through local and emergency food pantries, low-income daycare centers and disaster-relief agencies,” said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield. “We are proud to contribute to CNU’s Food for Thought campaign again this year, and commend the University efforts toward alleviating hunger and raising the awareness of food-insecurity in the Tidewater area."

Organized by CNU’s Center for Community Engagement, Food for Thought engages students, faculty and staff in an important dialogue regarding the underlying causes of food insecurity, as well as how to directly contribute to both short- and long-term poverty alleviation. Community members are invited to drop off nonperishable food items and checks (made payable to The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula) on November 15 between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., while the campus community weighs, sorts, boxes and loads food collected during the month directly onto Foodbank trucks.

For more information, contact Brad Brewer, Director of Community Engagement, at (757) 594-7233 or

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
Director of Public Relations

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