The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University chapters of the Food Recovery Network are holding a food drive competition up until the night of the Battle of I-75 with the first Battle of the Cans.
Logan Phelps, co-vice president of the UT Food Recovery Network, was approached by the president of BGSU’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network about the idea of a competitive food drive.
“Nothing fires up students like a competition against BGSU,” Phelps said. “Although our groups are from rival schools, we have helped each other’s organizations become better at serving our communities through this food drive. “
The school with the most non-perishable food items collected will win a trophy that will be kept by the winning school each year.
“We want to promote the rivalry between our schools in a food drive competition, bringing our school spirit beyond the football field and into the food pantries of our communities,” said Anna Crisp, president and co-founder of UT’s Food Recovery Network.
The Food Recovery Network collects excess food from dining halls to deliver to the hungry in the community.
UT’s Food Recovery Network also has partnered with UT’s Pay it Forward chapter, which is holding a Box Out Hunger food drive. Donations are being collected on campus and at the football game. Donation drop boxes can be found in the Student Union, the Learning Enhancement Center in Carlson Library, residence halls and Provisions on Demand locations.
Donations will be collected on campus up until the day of the football game as well as at the entrance on the east side of the Doyt L. Perry Stadium near the ticket window during the game.
“We want to collect as much canned food as possible in the next week for those people that don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” Phelps said.
UT’s Food Recovery Network will honor Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week each day Nov. 16-20 and end the week Friday by serving lunch at the Cherry Street Mission.
“In the coming week, we hope to inspire people and prove to them that their acts of kindness can and will save lives,” Phelps added. “It’s easy to get caught up in our daily rush and forget about the people around us, but the joy you find serving others is almost impossible to find anywhere else.”