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Foundation Coordinates Food Drive Across Campus

Published: November 17, 2008

The CSULB Foundation will hold a university-wide food drive from Nov. 3-24 on behalf of the Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) to benefit their clients as well as local individuals and families who are economically disadvantaged or homeless.

The Center, which operates a food bank in addition to conducting social and behavioral research on issues such as substance abuse, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, has started receiving requests for food services from a different segment of the population – people of retirement age who have never before sought assistance, according to Grace Reynolds, CBRS Associate Director and a Health Care Administration professor.

“This year, with the economic downturn, we are already experiencing greater demand and we anticipate that it will increase as Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approach,” Reynolds said. “Our usual food sources are extremely strained trying to meet the needs of all the food distribution sites, so anything extra will be greatly appreciated.”

The Foundation is accepting non-perishable foods. High demand items include canned meats like tuna, salmon and chicken, canned stew, rice, beans and individually packaged juices. Canned foods with pull tops are preferred. Pre-packaged plastic utensils are also needed. Clothing, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts and socks will also be accepted.

Food will be collected at the following locations:

— 49er Athletics Administrative Office, Pyramid Annex
–49er Athletics Events, two upcoming events will promote donations to the food drive
–Art Store, FA-3
–Academic Affairs, Brotman Hall, Room 303
–Bookstore, main entrance
–Carpenter Performing Arts Center, main lobby
–Child Welfare Training Center, Foundation Building, suite 180
–College of Business, CBA 200
–College of Education, ED1-5
–College of Engineering, ECS 616 and VEC 104
–College of Liberal Arts, MHB lobby
–College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, FO5-104
–CSULB Foundation, Foundation Building, suite 332 and main lobby (year round donation site)
–Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, HSD-101
–The Nugget
–The Beach on 2nd Street
–University College and Extension Services, Foundation Building, suites 104 and 207
–University Dining Plaza
–University Library, main lobby
–University Student Union, first floor mall area, second floor information booth, third floor, room 312

For more information or to have a food collection box placed in your office, please contact the CSULB Foundation at 562/985-5537.