UD announces Food Bank effort at employee appreciation picnic

June 6, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware held its fourth annual UDidIt! employee appreciation picnic on Monday, June 4, to celebrate the recently completed academic year. At the event, an announcement was made about a partnership between UD and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Robin Morgan, who is returning to the faculty after 10 years as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Kathy Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences, announced a BlueHensCAN partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

Morgan said that during the 2012-13 academic year, UD, which already has a wide range of programs geared to assist the Food Bank, will undertake its first coordinated effort. During the fall semester, a Food Bank truck will come to campus to collect and transport donations and UD volunteers will help unload items at the organization’s facilities.

The concerted BlueHensCAN effort “can make a huge impact on the Food Bank,” Morgan said, also inviting employees to the Aug. 9 Evening in the Garden at the Garden for the Community on the CANR campus to support the Food Bank. The college has had an ongoing partnership with the Food Bank through the garden, which produces fresh fruits and vegetables and provides service learning opportunities for UD students.

“We are excited to partner with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in pulling together this food drive,” Matt said, noting that the Food Bank of Delaware serves more than 240,000 people annually, nearly half of them children.

Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, said the organization could not accomplish its mission without the support of institutions such as UD. “On behalf of the Food Bank of Delaware, we thank you so very much,” she said.

To view the full article on the UDidIt! picnic, visit UDaily


UD students raise food items and sculptures for the Food Bank

March 14, 2012 under CANR News

Medical Technology Club


Student groups gathered in the Townsend Hall Commons on Tuesday, March 13, to participate in BlueHensCAN, a creative way to collect much-needed food items and create a spirited competition among UD students in an effort to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.

UD student teams that registered for BlueHensCAN held food drives and then competed against one another by creating sculptures out of the food items they collected. The teams had the opportunity to work on their structures all day on Tuesday in the Townsend Hall Commons, with judging taking place at 4:30 p.m.

The Medical Technology Club was able to raise 604 pounds for the Food Bank of Delaware, while the NTDT Club raised 148 pounds.

In the end, the NTDT Club took home the awards for “The Best Use of the Food Bank’s Most Needed Items” and the “Best Meal.” While the Medical Technology Club received the “Best Use of Labels” and the “Best in Show” awards.

There is still a chance for the participating clubs to win the “People’s Choice” award, with voting taking place on the CANR Facebook Page until 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 16. The winner will be determined by the group with the most “likes” on their sculpture’s photo.

The team that wins the “People’s Choice” award will receive an ice cream social for their entire group at the UDairy Creamery.


UD students invited to join BlueHensCAN competition, assist Food Bank

February 13, 2012 under CANR News, Events

University of Delaware students who want to earn service hours and prizes through teamwork, creativity and competition while working to make a difference in the community are invited to become part of the BlueHensCAN effort to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.

Delawareans continue to struggle with the current economic situation. Higher prices have left thousands with the difficult decision – pay the rent or mortgage or buy a bag of groceries. Food drive donations are down while demand is up.

In an effort to help stock the shelves and ensure that hungry Delawareans have access to healthy foods, the Food Bank of Delaware proposes to assist with the creation and facilitation of BlueHensCAN, a creative way to collect much-needed food and create a spirited competition among UD students.

UD student team that register for BlueHensCAN will hold food drives and compete to create sculptures and structures out of the food items collected.

The food drives will take place through Monday, March 12, and all structures will be built at the Trabant University Center during the day on Tuesday, March 13. Judging will take place that evening and awards will be given at an event open to the entire UD community from 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 13.

In addition to prizes, team members can earn service hours for their involvement in BlueHensCAN. Maintain a log of your time on the project and the contest sponsors will sign off on that log during the awards reception. Hours count as service to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Student teams do not have to be comprised of an official UD Greek chapter, registered student organization, athletic team, etc. While participation from the aforementioned groups is encouraged, any assembly of students wishing to create a team is welcome to participate. Official UD student groups may form several teams internally.

For guidelines, rules or requirements, or to register a team, visit the BlueHensCAN website.

Interested teams must register by Thursday, March 1. Questions regarding the competition may be directed to Katy O’Connell, communications manager, UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at kvo@udel.edu or (302) 831-1355.