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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

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Food Drive

Food collection sites, like the one above, are set up at every Athens Campus residence hall to encourage students to donate food, clothing and household goods before leaving campus for Winter Break.

Photo courtesy of: Campus Recycling

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Winter Break food drive already shows success


As students vacate the residence halls for the winter break, Ohio University Campus Recycling and Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) have partnered to organize a holiday season donations drive. Every residence hall was outfitted last week with at least one donation location where students are encouraged to drop off their excess food as well as gently used clothing and household items. All food items must be in their original, sealed packaging.  

Most donation locations are placed in high traffic areas such as lobbies or near the exits leading to recycling areas. The drive helps keep non-perishable food and other valuable items out of the landfill while assisting families in need around the Athens area. After just one day's pick-up, the drive has succeeded in recovering approximately 150 pounds of food donations. Campus Recycling expects that as the students finish finals and are heading home for the break this number will grow exponentially.  

Campus Recycling has been successfully partnering for years with the City of Athens, the County Fairgrounds Committee and 4-H during end of the year move out to capture everything from Ramen noodles to couches, from toiletries to computers. Last year's end of school move-out resulted in more than 14 tons of reusable items kept out of the landfill and helped more than 200 area families in need.  

"Establishing our first annual winter break food drive is just a logical extension of what we've already been doing for years," Campus Recycling and Refuse Manager Andrew Ladd said. "It takes the systems and successes we established at move-out and combines them with the season of giving to provide the students an easy way to help area families."

All donations will go to Athens area non-profit food pantries.