August 9, 2020

Drive Garners 6,000-Plus Pounds of Food

This year’s STOP Hunger Food Drive drummed up 6,576 pounds of food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The University of Mary Washington initiative was sponsored by Sodexo’s Campus Dining Services and the UMW Athletic Department.Cans of soup, packets of potatoes and oodles of packaged, nonperishable goods – as well as cash donations – were […]

UMW Breaks Food Donation Record

The University of Mary Washington collected 4,729 pounds of food in its 2014 STOP Hunger Food Drive, breaking last year’s record of 3,500 pounds of donated food. The food drive donations are given to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to help feed the local community.   UMW Dining Services collects food donations UMW Dining Services, Sodexo, has sponsored the STOP Hunger Food drive every November since 2005. As part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitments, the Stop Hunger program mobilizes Sodexo’s employees, consumers, clients and suppliers to join forces to end hunger. As part of the food drive, UMW’s Department of Athletics collected 3,242 pounds, a new record for the department. The softball team alone contributed over 1,100 pounds, the largest contribution from any UMW organization this year. UMW Athletics has been a partner sponsor since 2008 and also participates in a conference-wide food collection competition to see which university’s student-athletes can collect the most pounds of food in a one week time period. Collection bins were placed in all campus dining facilities, the Simpson Library and the UMW Bookstore. The bookstore supported the drive by giving discounts to customers who make food donations in the store. UMW Dining Services also sold discounted canned food items during the drive, and coordinated a curb-side collection outside Seacobeck Hall. Student-athletes solicited donations at local food stores and from neighborhood residents, in addition to weighing the donations and loading them into trucks for transportation to the food bank.

Holiday Food Donation Program Goes Curbside

The UMW campus and community food drive will collect non-perishable food items at the FRED bus stop outside Seacobeck on Monday, November 22, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last year faculty, staff, students and the community donated more than 4,000 pounds of food in support of people in need. The annual event is sponsored by UMW Dining Services and Sodexo. All food collected will be donated to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and other local charities. Volunteer opportunities are also available to help collect the donated items. Call Rose Benedict at 1928, or contact her via e-mail at rbenedic@umw.edu.