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Valley United food drive raises record amount for Community Action Services and food bank

Dec 28, 2018 09:45PM
After a month of collecting both cash and food donations, students at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University proudly presented a check to Community Action Services and Food Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 12, for a record $45,406.23 as part of their annual Valley United Food Drive.

This donated amount was more than $5,000 over their 2017 total and marks one of the most substantial cash donations presented to CASFB.

In addition to the cash donations, students from both universities donated a total of 5,414 pounds of food for the food bank.

Fundraising activities included a cupcake mural of Cosmo at BYU, where some 2,200 cupcakes were each purchased for $2 each to create the larger-than-life mural. There also was the Hoops Against Hunger basketball game at UVU where admission was $1 or one can of food and rules of the game were changed based on additional cash donations.

“We honestly can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to students at both universities,” said Dave Smith, director of the food bank at Community Action Services and Food Bank. “What they did this year was tremendous.”

“We really wanted to promote awareness for this amazing cause, so we partnered with different organizations on campus to help us,” said Paige Lammers, VP of Philanthropy for UVU’s Student Alumni Association. “We truly loved this opportunity to help Community Action Services, and we are so proud of the awareness that was raised.”

“My favorite part of this event was watching the spirit of giving take hold on BYU’s campus,” said Elli Kennedy, VP of Outreach for BYU’s Student Alumni Association. “To see students, who are even struggling themselves, give, was incredible.”