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Take Action in the Fight Against Hunger

Thanksgiving Basket Drive

It is time again for one of Carnegie Mellon’s great service traditions, the Thanksgiving Basket Drive.  If you or your group is interested in putting together a basket, please contact Kristine Kengor for more information. Basket commitments are due no later than Thursday, November 12, 2015.  
Completed baskets should be delivered to Rangos Hall on Monday, November 16th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm where they will be displayed during our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  
This year, baskets will benefit families at Light of Life Rescue Mission, Sojourners House, Operation Better Block, and Rainbow Kitchen.
If you are interested in volunteering on Monday, November 16th with the basket collection sign up at

Lunch Discussion: Public Health for the Poor: Access to Food and Nutritional Inequality

Join PACE, Friday, November 13th, 2015 from 11:30-1 in CUC Class of ‘87 room as we discuss the nutritional health consequences of food insecurity in Pittsburgh. Lunch will be provided.

Mim Seidel is a professor and registered dietician at Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability. Mim's professional emphasis is public health nutrition, looking at sustainable food systems and striving to increase access to and use of locally grown and produced foods for all. Additionally, she has expertise in chronic disease prevention and wellness: translational research and program planning and development.

She has been on the Board of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for over eight years, where she worked to improve quality and quantity of food.
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22nd Annual Food Drive 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s 22nd Annual Food Drive to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank—an event sponsored by Staff Council—runs from Monday, November 2nd to Monday, November 16th, 2015. There are several on-campus events in November ( at which staff, faculty, and students may drop off donations of food, other non-perishables, cash, or checks. To get ideas on what items are most in need, visit the Food Bank’s website ( If you'd like to donate by check (any time of year), please make it payable to “Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank,” and bring it to an event or Food Drive co-chair Krista Campbell in Warner Hall 502. Volunteers are always welcome and the activities are fun.  If you'd like to volunteer for this year’s drive, email Carole Panno.
Please join the campus community in helping to fight hunger in Pittsburgh!
General food drive info is available here:
Now through November 15
Cans Across the Cut
Register a team to compete for the champions trophy!
Registration Link:
November 2 - 11
Grab ‘n’ Go Bags Collection
Portable snack bags for needy children include healthy, non-perishable items such as fruit cups, trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter/cheese crackers, juice boxes, pretzels, cereal bars, fruit roll-ups, dried fruit and nuts, etc.
Donations can be dropped off Mon- Fri, 9AM – 4PM
Gates 7117
November 12
Grab ‘n’ Go Bags Packing Event (3-4 volunteers needed)
11:30 to 1:00 PM
Gates 7101
November 16
Cans Across the Cut Table Volunteers (10-15 volunteers needed) (there will be a URL for a google sign-up form; I don’t have it yet)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (30-60 minute shifts)
Purnell Center entrance

o    9-10am (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    10-11am (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    11-12pm (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    12-1pm (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    1-2pm (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    2-3pm (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    3-4pm (1-2 volunteers needed)
o    4-5pm (Packing & Delivery) (3-5 volunteers needed)

November 16
Collection Day Volunteers (5-10 volunteers needed)
To help collect and move food donations from buildings on campus to delivery truck
1:00 – 6:00 PM (any time commitment welcome)
Check-in location to be determined
For now, interested volunteers may contact Carole Panno at . We may be able to come up with an overall google form for volunteer sign up. Stay tuned.

Seeking Teams and Volunteers--Cans Across the Cut--Monday, November 16, 2015

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
In front of Purnell Center
"Cans Across the Cut" is an annual, day-long event held in conjunction with the CMU Food Drive, which benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Teams from across campus comprised of students, faculty, and staff, compete to see which group can gather the most canned goods, other non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. On the day of the event, donations are lined up side-by-side to form a line along the cut.
The winning team receives a trophy. For several years, the Department of Civil & Environment Engineering has been triumphant. Is there anyone who can challenge them?
Find out more and register your team here:
We also need volunteers to staff the line throughout the day. Contact if you can give 30-60 minutes of your time.

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