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April 5, 2007

Annual food drive begins

Pitt’s annual Partnership for Food will collect non-perishable food items throughout April to help restock the shelves of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

For more than a decade, the University has ranked among the 10 most successful Pittsburgh-area employers in the annual spring food drives. Over the years, contributions from the University have totaled more than 1 million units of food.

This year, donations will go twice as far: the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Community Relations have issued a challenge, promising to double the total amount of non-perishable food items donated in this year’s collection.

“One child in four in the City of Pittsburgh is in danger of going hungry,” said Steve Zupcic of Community Relations. “The addition of the Chancellor’s Challenge to the annual Pitt’s Partnership for Food Drive is significant evidence of our University’s commitment to addressing this disturbing problem.”

Items such as peanut butter, tuna, meats, baby formula, chunky-type soups and stews are especially needed. Also appreciated are dry cereal and household items including paper products and cleaners.

Home canned or home packaged foods cannot be accepted.

Those needing bulk food pickups should contact Zupcic at 412/624-7709.

Collection boxes are available at the following locations:

• William Pitt Union, Fifth Avenue lobby information desk

• Circulation desks at all University Library System libraries

• Posvar Hall main floor

• Barco Law School lobby and library

• Starzl Biomedical Science Tower entrance lobby

• Cathedral of Learning ground floor

• Graduate School of Public Health first-floor lobby

• Craig Hall lobby

• Biotech center lobby

• School of Information Sciences fifth-floor lobby

• Litchfield Towers lobby

• Alumni Hall lobby.

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