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Universities hosting food drive for local pantries

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The University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's, and Holy Cross College are having a food drive to benefit local food pantries.  This is the third year for the Holy Cross Harvest Food Drive.  Each of the three campuses has a different approach for the Holy Cross Harvest.

Notre Dame is giving people the choice to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana's Fun Packs Program or to People Gotta Eat. The Fun Packs Program provides children in need with a backpack of food each weekend during the school year. People Gotta Eat is a United Way coalition of 17 area food pantries. This year a Healthy Eating grant is available from the United Way that will double all funds donated to People Gotta Eat. Those who wish to donate online to the university's drive should go to www.holycrossharvest.nd.edu and follow the donation links. There will also be donation boxes for non-perishable food at the two Hammes Bookstores.

Saint Mary's College will donate food and money to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Anyone can leave non-perishable food in collection barrels in the Student Center Atrium, in the lobby of Spes Unica Hall, and near the front desk in Le Mans Hall. Those interested in donating to the cause electronically can do so on the Food Bank's web site at http://donations.feedindiana.org/.

Holy Cross College's drive takes place in February and benefits St. Vincent de Paul, through People Gotta Eat. People Gotta Eat will match all monitory donations raised.  Each department at the college will be challenged to get 100% of its staff/faculty to participate and students are planning their own events for the drive. Those interested in donating online can do so on the People Gotta Eat web site at www.uwsjc.org.

Notre Dame and Saint Mary's will hold their drives January 28 to February 15 while Holy Cross College will hold its harvest drive the entire month of February. The public is encouraged to participate.

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