Christmas in July

By Mandy Cook | July 16, 2009

Memorial’s Campus Food Bank has a replenished pantry again, thanks to the collective efforts of hundreds of staff, faculty members and students.

The fourth annual 12 Days of Giving Drive was a huge success, with a total of 31 different departments participating and more than 4,000 food items collected.

From June 9-25, tins, bottles and boxes poured in according to the 12 Days of Christmas theme, where each department earned points for certain items. Bonus points were awarded for collecting the requested amount per day.

The goal of the fundraiser was to collect non-perishable food items during the summer season when giving may not be on the forefront of people’s minds. But to the delight of all those who volunteer at the food bank, this year’s drive didn’t disappoint.

The Department of Biochemistry had a strong presence again this year, claiming top honours for most items donated (Biochemistry was also first in points for last year’s event). Human Resources came in second place, Facilities Management ranked third, Computing and Communications and Edutech Services took fourth place and the QE II library came in fifth.

Meanwhile, the Mathematics Learning Centre was recognized for highest per capita points based on participant numbers in their office. Earth Sciences came in second place for per capita participation, the Department of Geography came in third, the Office of General Counsel and the Office of the Vice-President (academic) was fourth and the Office of Faculty Relations rounded out the winners in fifth place.

As a reward for all their efforts, coffee break treats will be served up to the first place winners.


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