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July 7, 2011

Pitt Food Drive ranks 3rd

Pitt’s recently completed Partnership for Food drive collected 483,120 units of food to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, placing Pitt third regionally behind UPMC and U.S. Steel.

Pitt’s total comprises donations from all sources including the virtual food drive, Sodexo, departmental and student food drives, as well as the Chancellor’s Challenge, through which the Chancellor’s office matched the value of all donations.

Steve Zupcic of Community Relations, who coordinates the food drive, noted: “Of particular importance to needy members of our University community is the fact that the proceeds of the virtual food drive and Chancellor’s Challenge are directed through the Food Bank primarily to the Oakland Food Pantry.”

The Oakland Food Pantry, 370 Lawn Street in South Oakland, is open on Fridays 11 a.m.-2 p.m for walk-in food distribution.

Zupcic added that while the food drive is over, donations to the Food Bank still will be accepted via the virtual online shopping link:

Volunteers also are needed at the Food Bank’s Duquesne site. For more information on volunteering, contact Zupcic at 412/624-7709 or

Zupcic noted that the University continues to sponsor, in partnership with Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon program, the newly launched Pitt’s People for Pets food drive, which runs through July. (See June 9 University Times.)

—Peter Hart

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