Fighting to end hunger, universities join friendly competition

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Five colleges and universities are fighting to end hunger in a friendly competition to collectively get 100,000 pounds of food. The “U Can Crush Hunger” food drive, which began Monday, will collect goods for Community Harvest Food Bank.

University of Saint Francis (USF), Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Indiana- University Purdue- University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Ivy Tech are all taking part in this friendly competition. The questions is, which school can gather the most food?

In previous years, USF has held “Feed the Fort.” However, this year the university invited the other schools to get involved.

“We’re just grateful to have been invited to participate. It just furthers our connection with the community and certainly service,” IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said. “Giving back to the community is something we try to instill in our students and our entire campus community.”

University of St. Francis Sister Anita Holzemer stressed the importance of this competition and recognizing the challenges some people face.

“We have brothers and sisters who are hungry every day. And sometimes they have to make decisions about are we going to buy medicines, are we going to pay the insurance, are we going to eat? For us to know that that happens, I think is really important,” she said.

The food drive continues Oct. 19 through Oct. 31.

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