Toys for Tots

Take the Food Bank Challenge!!


Information Technology Services and Financial Services are in a dead heat to collect the most donations for the U of L Students’ Union Food Bank.

Care to join us??

In the spirit of giving and competition this holiday season, they are challenging other departments to attempt to beat them with the number of items. Now, you need to understand that an open box of granola bars only counts as ONE item – not EIGHT. And also, the Food Bank reps do the counting so they will be fair and consistent. In addition, and although not counted as items, cash donations are gladly accepted in lieu of food.

Last year, Financial Services donated 693 items and $136.05 in cash. IT Services donated 505 items and $613. 25 in cash.

Mark Humphries, CIO, has thrown down the gauntlet to all Deans and Executive Directors. How can your department participate, you ask? He says there are three ways:

  1. ‘The Hard Way’: Ask your department to donate items to the Finance donation box located in the A7 area of University Hall.
  2. The Easy Way’: Ask your department to donate items into the ITS collection boxes that we will provide and deliver (just let us know how many you would like and where you would like us to put them by early next week so your faculties have time to donate).  Let us know when they are full and, on the afternoon of December 12th,  we will collect any donation boxes so that items can be consolidated for counting on December 15th.   As this is a collaborative effort, we will give full credit to all those that participate with ITS in the Food Bank Challenge. Alternatively you can bring any donations for the Food Bank (or Toys for Tots, too! see below) to D570.
  3. ‘The Other Way’: Your department can collect its own items and join the challenge.

Food Bank coordinator Shelley Tuff has some recommendations. “All donations are welcome, but we always seem to be short on breakfast items. Some of the items on our wish list include granola, cereal, juices, peanut butter, jelly/jam, canned fruit and vegetables.” She adds they currently have an overstock of soup and beans, but anything they don’t need can be donated to other food banks.

Food bank helpers will be collecting donations on December 15th and 16th and participation updates will appear in UWeekly.

The prize? Well, bragging rights, of course!

For more information on the ULSU Food Bank, please contact Shelley at 403-329-2039 or at

Last year the Salvation Army distributed gifts to 1,300 children, but had to spend $24,000 on gift cards to make up the shortfall. Toys for Tots donations will be picked up in D570 the morning of December 12th by Country 95/B-93 radio.

Contact Diane Boyle at (403) 382-7180 or for more information.


SU Food Bank Challenge – Results!

In December, IT Services and Financial Services competed (for bragging rights) to collect the most number of items for the Students’ Union Food Bank.

Spies made reconnaissance visits to both departments, fueling the challenge. Competition became heated during the two-week endeavor and reinforcements were brought in as supporters from other departments joined the fray. Finance was assisted by Human Resources, Risk & Safety and Materials Management. IT had various and sundry folks in U Hall drop in with contributions.

The winner? The Students’ Union Food Bank! Michael Kawchuk, Vice President Operations & Finance, said both departments were winners. “I am happy to say we were able to raise a total of $750 and nearly 1200 items for students in need. I know it was a competition, but I am happy to say each department won.”

For cash donations, IT Services raised $613.25, followed by Financial Services with a total of $136.05. However, Financial Services donated 693 items, followed by 505 items from IT Services.

IT also collected a great assortment of gifts for the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots program.

We’d like to thank everyone from both departments for their enthusiasm, generosity and support – particularly those from other departments who joined in and dropped off their donations in IT.

We’re looking forward to another spirited (and merciless) competition next December!

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(Okay, so this isn’t us – but we were close!)