For the University Community

Community Letter

August 19, 2014

Dear University of Northern Colorado community member:

More and more Americans turn to the nation’s food banks, soup kitchens and shelters for meals.  Government reports also show that the number of Americans needing food assistance is increasing; the number of Weld County residents requiring help has grown, too. 

University of Northern Colorado students from the School of Communication created a plan for a campus-wide food drive/competition to benefit Weld Food Bank in spring 2006.  Over the past seven years, a total of over 145,000 pounds of food/cash equivalent have been collected. We encourage participants to also donate cash, not just cans. The Student Dietetic Association assumed sponsorship of the event in 2011. 

The registration deadline for the 9th annual Cans to Candelaria food drive is September 25, 2014, and we encourage you to challenge another similar group!

If your club, organization, residence hall, department, school, college, or any other group on campus has done a food drive in the past, please consider doing your drive during the “Cans to Candelaria” competition.  The Weld Food Bank presents a trophy to be presented to the winning UNC group or organization at the conclusion of the drive on Thursday, October 2.

For more information about deadlines or how you and your UNC colleagues/ peers/ teammates/ club members/etc. can participate, please see our Web Site.  Consider a challenge!  If you have any questions, contact associate professor Alana Cline at (970) 351-1783 or e-mail her at

The Cans to Candelaria 2014 Planning Committee:

Dr. Alana Cline, SDA Advisor
Taylor Andersen, SDA President