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CSU's Cans Around the Oval celebrates 25 years

October 3, 2011

Cans Around the Oval is a true Colorado State University tradition and also one of the longest running philanthropic efforts on campus. Cans Around the Oval is the largest one-day canned food drive in Northern Colorado.

cans around the oval66,000 lbs of food and over $39,000

Last year students, staff, faculty and community members joined together and raised more then 66,000 lbs of food and over $39,000. All of which goes to the Larimer County Food Bank and makes up the majority of their yearly donations.

25th anniversary

The Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE) office is excited to host the 25thAnniversary of Cans Around the Oval on October 12. Cans at CSU is truly a student driven effort that gives individuals in Fort Collins an opportunity to truly make a difference. This CSU tradition started with just one student going to the local food bank and seeing a need that was not being met. The growth is amazing and every year more and more individuals come out to contribute.

Kayla Jensen, a transfer student who works on Cans Around the Oval, shows how impactful this event is for CSU students. She explains, “As a CSU student, Cans makes me realize that there is so much we can do and experience outside our classrooms. We are eventually going to graduate and go out into the world and these issues will not be disappearing anytime soon. Cans gives us hope and comfort knowing that we are not alone.”

cans around the ovalRise in hunger, most notably among children

As she points out, this is a community and in a community no one is truly alone. However, since 2006, the Larimer County Food Bank has seen a rise in hunger, most notably in children. One in five children in Larimer County are not meeting their daily nutritional needs. The majority of the food that they actually receive is what they are given at the Food Bank.

'Cans really makes a difference'

Monica Montoya, a first year graduate student at CSU has seen first hand how Cans has grown. Having completed her undergraduate degree at CSU and returning after four years, she understands how much of an impact programs like Cans Around the Oval has on a community. “Hunger is not something that goes away overnight. Before, I participated in Cans because it was something that everyone does. Now, after seeing how the world really works, I plan on participating because I know how much programs like Cans really makes a difference in someone’s life. Giving even just one can is more then nothing, and it all makes a huge impact.”

More information

Cans stems from the idea of a shared responsibility in our community. For more information, please check out the website and come out yourselves to see what a difference we can all make together.