U Can Crush Hunger: How local colleges are fighting hunger in our community

Published: Oct. 24, 2023 at 10:33 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Monday marked day one of the annual U Can Crush Hunger food drive and competition between 8 local colleges. Between those schools, they have a common goal to collect 125,000 pounds of food for Community Harvest Food Bank.

Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Indiana University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech, Manchester University, Purdue Fort Wayne, Trine University, and the University of Saint Francis are all participating in the competition through November 10.

Each school has a direct link to donate to their food drive. Each dollar donated provides four pounds of food to Community Harvest Food Bank. The food bank also works with food pantries on college campuses in our area for students who may struggle with food insecurity.

University of St. Francis is the reigning winner of last year’s competition. The team/school to collect the most for Community Harvest Food Bank will claim the traveling trophy. This year, Indiana Tech is hoping to make their mark on the competition. Since 2015, they’ve only been as high as third place in the competition.

We spoke to Camille Keyes from Indiana Tech. She organized the Crush Hunger 5K race as a way to give back and fundraise and collect donations for Community Harvest Food Bank. The race will be held on Saturday, October 28th at Indiana Tech’s campus.

To donate directly to each participating school, visit the U Can Crush Hunger page.