Nov 19, 2010
Each year UCLA does its best to reach out to the community that surrounds us by sponsoring a variety of opportunities to make the holiday season brighter for others in need. This year staff, faculty and students can help put food on a deserving family’s table or give a sick child the toy that he or she has been hoping for all year.
2010 UCLA Food Drive
Organized by UCLA Transportation, this year’s annual campuswide food drive began on Nov. 15 and will run through Dec. 15. Bins and boxes have been placed throughout campus, including in some parking kiosks. See the website for a complete list of drop-off locations. Currently, there are two scheduled pick-ups on Nov. 23 and Dec. 15.
The food brought in from the first pick-up will go to our own UCLA Food Closet while the second will go to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Among the food closet’s most wanted items are snacks, microwavable meals (not frozen) and drinks. The foodbank hopes for canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, and personal hygiene items.
People are also invited to donate money to the foodbank via the UCLA Virtual Food Drive. For every $1 donated online, the foodbank can donate $5 of food or goods. Additionally, volunteers are needed to work either on campus or with the L.A. Foodbank (interested individuals should send an inquiry to the email address below).
Volunteers at an event held during last year’s annual UCLA Food Drive.
Despite the drive’s ambitious goals, food drive volunteer Penny Menton, associate director of UCLA Transportation, has high hopes: “I am truly excited about this year’s UCLA Food Drive,” she said. “The UCLA community is so united, supportive and giving in this effort. I know we will reach our goal of 50,000 pounds of donated food.”