Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Community Food Drive

Monday, October 29th – Monday, November 12th

Please join fellow members of the campus community in helping to fight hunger in Pittsburgh!

There will be an all-campus event on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the CUC East-West Walkway with rain location of Kirr Commons.

This year marks the 25th year of Carnegie Mellon University’s Annual Food Drive, sponsored by CMU’s Staff Council. Over the years, our drive has collected $71,264.83 and 137,272 lbs. (or 68 TONS!) of nonperishables for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The impact of our generosity has been felt by many; and our partners at the Food Bank reiterate, each year, how much they count on the support of our campus community to help those in need. This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 in honor of our 25th anniversary, along with at least 6,200 lbs. of nonperishables. These goals were selected by the Food Drive Committee with the following in mind:

  • Wanting to commemorate our 25th annual drive.
  • Aiming to surpass last year’s results of $19,316.91 and 6,205.5 lbs. of nonperishables.

Monetary Donations Make an Impact

Monetary donations are especially welcome and help to bring fresh foods to the table. For every $1.00 donated, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank can buy five meals.

Gifts made through the CrowdRise site go directly to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, are tax deductible, and will count toward our university’s total! This will be in addition to what is collected in cash and nonperishable food and household items here on campus.

Food Donations are Also Welcome

Please consider making a donation of food or other nonperishables during the food drive. Collection containers will be placed in many university buildings. 

Most needed Food Items

Whatever way you choose to participate, please join our campus community in helping to fight hunger in the greater Pittsburgh region! Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Also, please make note of the following special event dates:

Other Ways to Get Involved

people lining up food donationsOne Day, One Can

Wednesday, Nov 7
10am – 2pm

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

Friday, November 9
Last year, 807 snack bags were packed.
This year's goal is 1,000 snack bags!

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

Collection Dates and Locations:
Nov 1 - 8
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mellon Institute 406
Hamburg Hall 1115A
Hunt Library Circulation Desk
Fitness Center 259C (CUC)

Bag Assembly
Nov 9
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cohon University Center
Athletics Conference Room 151

canned goods lined up along sidewalkCans Across the Cut

Monday, November 12

“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.

Register yourself or your team.


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.

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. Get coupon [pdf]
  • 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" on November 12th, 2018. If you park in the East Campus Garage for this event, you will receive validated parking with your peanut butter donation