November 18, 2011

Another successful Helping Hands food drive!

Blugold Dining wishes to thank all UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff as well as members of the Eau Claire community for participating in our Helping Hands Across America food drive on Tuesday, November 15.

As a result of everyone’s effort, over 3,300 pounds of food and $140 in cash was donated to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. The event was a huge success as this event is one of the largest food drive donations they receive!

A special thank you goes out to the 12 campus groups that participated and collected over 1,000 pounds of food! Congratulations to the top campus group which was University Communications.

We’d also like to thank our entire Sodexo Family and recognize Carol Horndorf, Deb Heinze, Steve Perry and Heather Higgins as receiving the Sodexo Experience customer service award for their hard work supporting this project, and dedication to creating exceptional student experiences.

For every dollar donated, Feed My People food Bank can obtain and distribute seven pounds of food worth more than $10. They distribute about 4,000,000 pounds of food each year to hunger relief agencies in 14 counties in west central Wisconsin.

More than 14,500 individuals each month rely on food received from programs supplied by Feed My People Food Bank with 39 percent of them being children. Over 850 children in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties alone rely on the food bank each Friday for a pack-out which will provide them food to make it through the weekend.

We look forward to another great Helping Hands Across America event next year to benefit our local community!

November 3, 2011

Annual Helping Hands Food Drive - Nov. 15

Blugold Dining cordially invites all members of the university community at the UW-Eau Claire to fight hunger and help those in need across the Chippewa Valley by taking part in our Helping Hands Across America food drive on Tuesday, November 15. Blugold Dining will sponsor the non-perishable food drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all campus dining locations.

All of the food items collected on the UW-Eau Claire campus will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Last year more than 3,800 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. Blugold Dining’s goal is to collect more than 5,000 pounds of food during this year's event and they need your help!

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to collect food as a department or class project. As a special incentive for group participation, the top department or organization donating the most food per person will receive $150 worth of Catering from Blugold Dining.

Donations from the community are also encouraged. Those wishing to contribute may drop off their donations in Marketplace on the lower level of Davies Center from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on November 15.

For questions, or to register your group, please pick up a registration packet at the Blugold Dining office (Davies 227) or contact Paula Stytz at or 836.3503.