Inaugural Blue Hens CAN unified campus food drive tops two tons

November 19, 2012 under CANR News

The inaugural Blue Hens CAN unified campus food drive closed Friday, with the University of Delaware collecting more than two tons of nonperishable food items to stock the Food Bank of Delaware.

Blue Hens CAN — a joint venture of the University’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Food Bank of Delaware — featured a UD food collection bus parked at a different campus location each day of this week to accept items donated by the campus community.

The goods were then transported to the Food Bank of Delaware at the end of each day.

Assisting with collections at the bus on Friday were representatives of the Dietetics and Nutrition Club, the Interfraternity Council, the Occupational Therapy Club and the Food Science Club.

A large donation Friday came from UD’s Sussex County sites in Georgetown. UD students, the Sussex County Master Gardeners, 4-H Club members and staff from the Carvel Research and Education Center, along with participants from Delaware Technical Community College and the Delmarva Poultry Industry, combined to donate 389 pounds of food.

The total for the Blue Hens CAN effort during the week topped two tons, according to a representative of the Food Bank of Delaware.

Blue Hens CAN organizers said additional donations are anticipated and an official final total will be announced in the near future.


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 or (302) 831-1355.