For the University Community

Community Letter

September 4, 2015

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 Nutrition & Dietetics Association assumed sponsorship of the event in 2011. 

The registration deadline for the 10th annual Cans to Candelaria food drive is October 1, 2015, 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 15.

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 Alena Clark at (970) 351-2879 or e-mail her at

The Cans to Candelaria 2015 Planning Committee:

Dr. Alena Clark, SNDA Advisor
Bailee Coy, SNDA President