CHENEY, Wash.- The 6th annual Eastern Washington University Community Food Drive generated more than $15,000 in cash donations for area food banks and outreach programs, bringing the six-year total raised to $72,083.06. During the same period, more than 16-and-a-quarter tons of food have been donated during the community service event.
Of the total cash donations, almost $8,200 will go to the Cheney Food Bank ($5,120), Cheney Outreach ($2,000) and Feed Cheney ($1,000).
Director John Matthews said donations will go a long way toward stocking the shelves to help the some 400 families who rely on the Food Bank. "Five-thousand dollars will give us the ability to purchase about 10,000 pounds of food," says Matthews. "It makes a big impact and the need is only growing."
Another $6,800 raised this year will go to the Communities in Schools of Spokane County, which sponsors such programs as the Friday Backpacks of Food program. This money will provide 42 children with a weekend backpack filled with food, and is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the dropout rate and give children a secure meal source on the weekends.
During the six-year run of the Food Drive, donations have made it possible to sponsor 120 students in the Friday Backpacks for Food program and filled another 256 backpacks with school supplies, which are distributed through Cheney Outreach.
"The generosity of the EWU community amazes me every year," said Nadine Arévalo, co-chair of the food drive. "It's a key initiative for the university to give back to the community."
Every year, various university teams have competed to see who could collect the most food, raise the most money and collect the most backpacks filled with school supplies.
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