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Food bank begins holiday drive on UW campus

November 26th, 2010 · No Comments

by Candace Winegrad

The holiday season is officially upon us, and for many that can mean struggling to make ends meet.

“Winter weather means colder temperatures and higher utility costs for everyone, which is especially hard on low income families,” said Joe Gruber, Executive Director of the University District Food Bank.

With Thanksgiving passing and Christmas looming, people will want to celebrate. So this week through the end of the year, the food bank will host a drive on the UW campus.

“[The] holidays create pressure to celebrate with more food and with family so food bank families need to have food for these celebrations and save money to travel,” Gruber added.

As a result, the food bank sees an annual rise in traffic.

“We probably get about 10 percent busier during the holidays than we are normally,” Gruber said. “However, we [were] already at record service levels before the holidays, so this increase puts extra pressure on our organization.”

While collection barrels can be found in various locations (outside of classrooms, in staff lounges, etc.), Gruber says that students can get even more involved.

“You can get your department or residence hall or even the IMA to host one. We deliver and pick up,” said Gruber.

A list of the most needed items for the drive can be found here.

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