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Nov. 08, 2007
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EMU community takes a bite out of hunger with annual canned food drive

YPSILANTI - With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, Eastern Michigan University employees are making sure those less fortunate will have food on their tables.

More than 600 people have already signed up for EMU’s annual holiday feast Nov. 13. For every ticket sold for the luncheon, 50 cents will be donated to the food bank. Dining Services staff also will be collecting canned goods through
Nov. 17.

The money and food benefit Food Gatherers a local food bank that serves Washtenaw County.

Faculty, staff and students have been supporting Food Gatherers for 15 years, said Roth Woods, advertising and promotions coordinator for dining services.           

“It seems the harder the times, the more generous EMU people get,” said Woods,  “The campus is incredibly generous.”

Last year, employees donated $1,042 and 1,214 pounds of food, said Woods. 

“EMU has been an essential supporter and partner of Food Gatherers since our inception,” said Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers.  “Students, faculty and dining staff all play a role in our anti-hunger efforts. Thanks to EMU for fighting hunger where we live.”

“This is a great program that brings the EMU community together for a good cause,” said Ann Klaes, associate director, dining services.

To donate to the Food Gatherers project, call the event planning office at 487-4108.


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