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Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

The 2018 CMU Community Food Drive

Staff Council Food Drive Surpasses Goals for 2018

$28,159.66 Raised

will provide nearly 140,800 meals to our neighbors in need this holiday season

7,298.4 Pounds of Nonperishables

includes 444.5 pounds of peanut butter

1,156 Snack Bags for Kids

Looking Ahead to 2019…

There are lots of opportunities to participate. You can bring donations to the One Day, One Can event during the Benefits and Fitness Fair in the Cohon University Center, and be entered for a chance at great prizes! You can add to the annual Cans Across the Cut event on the last day of the drive. You can even join in the Snack Bag Packing Party to make snack packs for kids!

Events and volunteer opportunities begin in October. Stay tuned!

Other Ways to Get Involved

people lining up food donationsOne Day, One Can

One Day, One Can takes place during the HR's annual Benefits & Fitness Fair in the CUC on the 2nd floor.
People can bring a can or cash donations to the event and are entered into a raffle for GREAT prizes!

In 2018 we raised
16 boxes of food and $457.07!

We topped our cash collection of $278.00 by quite a bit. What a great day!

people filling bags with snacks for kidsSnack Bags for Kids

In 2017, 807 snack bags were packed.
In 2018, 1,156 snack bags were packed.

Snack bags for needy children include healthy, non-perishable items such as:

  • fruit/pudding cups
  • trail mix
  • granola bars
  • cracker packs
  • juice boxes
  • pretzels
  • cereal bars
  • fruit roll-ups
  • dried fruit and nuts
  • small toiletries
  • wrapped candy
  • large zip lock bags, sling sacks, bags w/handles

You can participate by donating items for the snack bags or by spending your lunch hour helping to assemble the bags. Watch for details in October.

canned goods lined up along sidewalkCans Across the Cut

“Cans Across the Cut” is an annual, day-long event that takes place on the final day of the Food Drive. Teams across campus comprised of students, faculty, and staff, compete to gather the most canned goods, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations which are lined up side-by-side to extend across The Cut starting at the clock.

The winning team gets bragging rights and a trophy for the year!

person's hand holding a jar of peanut butter
It's Peanut Butter Parking Time!

Parking & Transportation Services is pleased to work with Staff Council to support the University's Food Drive. Sinced this initiative began, you have raised:

In 2017 — 115 lbs
In 2018 — 444.5 lbs

There are three ways you can participate, and help area families in need.  All donations benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

  • Pay an outstanding CMU parking citation by stopping in our East Campus Garage office with a donation of peanut butter
  • Bring a donation of peanut butter to our East Campus Garage office for a chance to win a free month of parking or a month of "VIP" Parking
  • Donate peanut butter on the day of "Cans Across the Cut" in November. If you park in the East Campus Garage for this event, you will receive validated parking with your peanut butter donation