Washburn will be competing with Emporia State Sept. 14 to Oct. 30 to donate as many canned foods as possible to food banks in the annual drive Can Emporia.
Washburn has a long history of rivalry with Emporia. Can Emporia has been a tradition since 2006, and has become part of that rivalry for a good cause.
One of the food banks that will receive donations is Washburn’s own food bank: Bods Feeding Bods. Student created and student run, Bods Feeding Bods is a place where students and locals around the area can receive a set amount of goods each week.
“We are really excited to be partnering with the university to support students,” said Rachel Darey, executive director of Bods Feeding Bods. “It is students supporting students, which is cool.”
Options for donations include canned foods, ramen noodles, jarred items, boxes of cereal, macaroni and cheese or cash donations. Ramen noodles are worth a quarter a can, jarred items are worth three cans, a box of cereal is worth three cans, a container of macaroni and cheese is worth one can, and every dollar will be worth three cans of food.
Dalton Hane, WSGA chief of staff, who ran Can Emporia last year is feeling very positive about this year’s competition.
“We have lost to Emporia five years in a row, but we are trying a lot of new activities this year to get cans,” Hane said.
This time the charity is not without incentives for the students. Following @CanEmporia on Twitter and liking the Can Emporia Facebook page will give students the opportunity to win prizes.
During the competition, there will be various events happening on campus to get students in the mood for community service. Students are highly encouraged to participate in all of the activities and to donate at least one can.
Donations will be collected in the WSGA office as well as other locations to be determined. The office is located on the lower level of the Memorial Union. For more information contact the WSGA office. Beat Emporia, Ichabods!