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Once you have registered, you may begin earning Friendly Competition Points. Teams may compete internally, externally, and overall! Challenge your coworkers, school rivals, and/or friends while trying to raise the most funds and give the most food – and enjoy the friendly competition along the way.  Teams may consist of 2 or more people.  By registering a team you will be provided a unique online donation portal. The Overall Competitions will occur within your specific team category and for best overall.  Team Categories are CSU College/Department, CSU Student Group, Off-Campus Community Organization, and Local Schools.

Have fun! Enjoy! Good luck.

Friendly competition points can be earned in the following ways:

  • 5 points per pound of food donated (Oct. 13 – Oct. 20)
  • 10 points per dollar donated (whether cash, coin, check, or ideally online)
  • 25 points per team member who attends a “CANversation Around Food” – our thematic Zoom sessions. More information will be sent to registered teams.

We prefer financial donations to be submitted online, if possible.   If you are unable to do so, but still want to give a monetary donation, the following are other options.

Drop-Off Process: all funds would need to be dropped off at the SLiCE Office (Lory Student Center 210) when we our office is open to the public (Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm). On Oct. 20th (C.A.N.S. event day!) donations will be accepted at The Oval from 8:00 – 2:00.  Please do not mail monetary donations.

    • Cash: bring your exact change please. A receipt will be provided.
    • Check: make checks payable to “Food Bank for Larimer County” and add “C.A.N.S. Around the Oval 2020” to the memo line.  A SLiCE Receptionist will provide a receipt for tracking purposes.

Tax Receipt: a receipt will be issued for your donation for tracking purposes when dropped off with a SLiCE Receptionist.  However, if a tax receipt is requested, please know it is issued directly from the Food Bank for Larimer County and will be sent after C.A.N.S. Around the Oval.

    • All donations to the Food Bank for Larimer County are tax-deductible as provided by law.  No goods or services will be returned to the donor in exchange for their donation.

Dollars Make a Differencedon’t forget that every $1 donated equals 2 meals of food that CAN be provided to Food Bank for Larimer County clients.

  • All proceeds go directly to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

If your group is interested in volunteering on C.A.N.S. event day we will accept a limited number of volunteers from 7:00am – 2:00pm. All volunteers must commit to at least a two-hour shift. More information will be sent to registered teams.

For the Food Bank for Larimer County, volunteers are the heart of their non-profit organization.  Volunteers help FBLC collect, sort, repack, and distribute more than 10 million pounds of food. In-person volunteering can occur at one of their three locations: northern Fort Collins, northern Loveland, and eastern Loveland off I-25 just north of Centerra Shops.

Volunteering can occur throughout the year. Learn more about their current volunteer opportunities and/or apply to volunteer, today!

Celebrating C.A.N.S. 2020 - Final Results, Rankings, and Recognition

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  • Together we raised $71,271which transforms into 142,542 mealsRemember, $1 can be transformed into 2 meals.
  • We nearly raised $10,000 more than the record year of monetary donations raised in 2018 with $61,459!
  • $17,000 was raised in 36 hours, with a week to go.  And, $18,000 was donated in the final 36 hours and by the end of World Food Day on October 16!
  • 4,693 pounds of food were donated from 61 unique donors who donated on-campus and at the Food Bank.  Lots of peanut butter, thank you!
  • We had 975 unique online donors, an 82% increase from the record set last year with 535 online donors.
  • At least 106 solo acts of kindness amounted to $6,296.50 online and 187 pounds of food came from 14 of them, as well.
  • We finished with 59 registered teams; 4 teams utilized the online Sub-Team Challenge option, making for another 25 internal teams who competed!
  • It is estimated over 11,000 people creatively, collaboratively, and consciously CANtributed in some capacity!  WOW.
  • Finally, we more than doubled our financial CANpaign goal of $34,000 by raising an additional $37,271!  This difference could cover the cost of weekly distribution at CSU’s Food Pantry for 46 weeks!  This difference makes a HUGE impact, particularly right now; see below.
    • Since April 2020 and due to COVID-19, about 320 people from the CSU Community utilize CSU’s Food Pantry each week.  Each person receives a 25-pound box of food, which together totals 8,000 pounds of food distributed weekly.
    • 8,000 pounds of food can be obtained by the Food Bank for Larimer County at a wholesale rate of $800.
    • 32% of the CSU student body face food insecurity at some level.” (#RealCollege Survey, January 2020)
    • Since COVID-19 began, the Food Bank for Larimer County serves an average of 450 households per day at all of their food share locations.

During World Food Week (October 12 – 16, 2020), SLiCE hosted five “CANversations Around Food” on Zoom.  Each session focused on hunger-relief efforts within our local community and well beyond.  Some discussed the importance of agri-food and environmental sustainability, while others discussed food waste, food rescue, and food distribution, and all spoke about the importance of human nutrition and food security.  Each session was recorded, and edited with customized closed captioning.  A description of each session is below, along with access to the recording on YouTube.

  • CANversation about CSU’s Food Security Pilot Project – Learn more from one of CSU’s off-campus farms and horticulture field research locations on their commitment to responding to food insecurity and human health.  Staff from the Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center (ARDEC-South) spotlight their Food Security Pilot Project, which provides fruits and vegetables for distribution at CSU’s Food Pantry. (33 minutes)
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  • CANversation about the Value of SNAP Benefits  Learn about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, which provide nutrition benefits to supplement one’s food budget.  Those who qualify can get up to $204 a month for a single household.  Students awarded work-study are often eligible.  An overview of this hunger-relief resource is shared, along with how to best apply at CSU and via the Food Bank for Larimer County. (28 minutes)
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  • CANversation with Rams Against Hunger Staff – Get a taste of what it’s like to work with Rams Against Hunger and CSU’s “Mobile” Food Pantry. Panelists include Rams Against Hunger staff, and ASCSU’s Director of Health.  Through engaging storytelling and personal observations, these panelists will bring the Rams Against Hunger program to life by sharing its history, how it recently evolved during COVID, its newer hunger-relief resources, and the noticeable impact of the food pantry within the CSU community. (40 minutes)
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  • CANversation with Food-Based Student Organizations – Be a part of a panel conversation with different registered student organizations committed to combatting local hunger, feeding local/national/global populations, and/or human health and nutrition.  The panelists spoke about these specific topics, with each student organization representative providing a quick overview of their organization, how students can join, and the types of community-based activities the student organization tends to do – both pre-COVID and during the pandemic. (36 minutes)
  • Closing CANversation with SLiCE and the Food Bank for Larimer County – Join partners from the SLiCE office and the Food Bank for Larimer County who together coordinated C.A.N.S. Around The Oval 2020 for the closing remarks of the 30-day food/fund drive and 34-year-old CSU tradition.  Hear some major gratitude for all of the “CANtribution” milestones met. Learn about where donated food ends up both on-campus and throughout Northern Colorado and how each dollar donated is transformed into two times the meals.  Also, get more information about the numerous physically distanced and virtual volunteering opportunities available via the food bank. (25 minutes)

TOP 10 CANTRIBUTORS

  • 1st Place Overall: College of Business ($18,218 donated funds | doubles to 36,435 meals | 128 pounds of food | 182,816 points)
  • 2nd Place Overall: Vice President for Research [OVPR] ($12,539 donated funds | doubles to 25,078 meals | 24 pounds of food | 125,514 points)
  • 3rd Place Overall: Kinard Middle School ($7,793 donated funds | doubles to 15,587 meals | 979 pounds of food | 83,142 points)
  • Overall Honorable Mention: Dean’s Student Leadership Council – CSU College of Business ($3,419 donated funds | doubles to 6,838 meals | 34,365 points)
  • Overall Honorable Mention: College of Engineering CANtributors ($2,460 donated funds | doubles to 4,920 meals | 173 pounds of food | 25,473 points)
  • 6th Place Overall: Division of Enrollment and Access ($2,499 donated funds | doubles to 4,998 meals | 24,990 points)
  • 7th Place Overall: Rocky Mountain High School ($1,296 donated funds | doubles to 2,592 meals | 1,790 pounds of food | 21,910 points)
  • 8th Place Overall: Economics Department ($1,727 donated funds | doubles to 3,454 meals | 17,270 points)
  • 9th Place Overall: Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands [CEMML] ($1,687 donated funds | doubles to 3,374 meals | 50 pounds of food | 17,121 points)
  • 10th Place Overall: TenSixteenTwenty ($1,410 donated funds | doubles to 2,820 meals | 64 pounds of food | 14,420 points)

CSU COLLEGES/DEPARTMENTS – TOP CANTRIBUTOR RESULTS AND RANKINGS

  • 1st PlaceCollege of Business ($18,218 donated funds | doubles to 36,435 meals | 128 pounds of food | 182,816 points)
  • 2nd PlaceVice President for Research [OVPR] ($12,539 donated funds | doubles to 25,078 meals | 24 pounds of food | 125,514 points)
  • 3rd PlaceCollege of Engineering CANtributors ($2,460 donated funds | doubles to 4,920 meals | 173 pounds of food | 25,473 points)
  • Honorable Mention: Division of Enrollment and Access ($2,499 donated funds | doubles to 4,998 meals | 24,990 points)
  • Honorable Mention: Economics Department ($1,727 donated funds | doubles to 3,454 meals | 17,270 points)

CSU STUDENT GROUPS – TOP CANTRIBUTOR RESULTS AND RANKINGS

  • 1st Place: Dean’s Student Leadership Council – CSU College of Business ($3,419 donated funds | doubles to 6,838 meals | 34,365 points)
  • 2nd Place: Sigma Alpha Epsilon ($263 donated funds | doubles to 526 meals | 2,630 points)
  • 3rd Place: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ($160 donated funds | doubles to 320 meals | 56 pounds of food | 1,880 points)
  • Honorable Mention: CSU Navigators ($159 donated funds | doubles to 318 meals | 6 pounds of food | 1,626 points)
  • (Tie) Honorable Mention: Psi Chi & The Psychology Student Alliance ($150 donated funds | doubles to 300 meals | 1,500 points)
  • (Tie) Honorable Mention: Student Veteran Organization ($105 donated funds | doubles to 210 meals | 79 pounds of food | 1,500 points)

LOCAL SCHOOLS – TOP CANTRIBUTOR RESULTS AND RANKINGS

  • 1st Place: Kinard Middle School ($7,793 donated funds | doubles to 15,587 meals | 979 pounds of food | 83,142 points)
  • 2nd Place: Rocky Mountain High School ($1,296 donated funds | doubles to 2,592 meals | 1,790 pounds of food | 21,910 points)
  • 3rd Place: Preston Middle School ($160 donated funds | doubles to 320 meals | 1,600 points)

COMMUNITY GROUPS – TOP CANTRIBUTOR RESULTS AND RANKINGS

  • 1st Place: TenSixteenTwenty ($1,410 donated funds | doubles to 2,820 meals | 64 pounds of food | 14,420 points)
  • 2nd Place: United Way for Larimer County (217 pounds of food | 1,085 points)
  • 3rd Place: A Different Kind of Baptist ($100 donated funds | doubles to 200 meals | 1,000 points)

TOP SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

  • 1st Place: Kinard Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Student Veteran Organization
  • 3rd Place: Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Honorable Mention: Chemistry Department
  • Honorable Mention: College of Liberal Arts

During the 30-day-long fund/food drive teams could compete internally, externally, and overall.  Teams could challenge their coworkers, school rivals, and/or friends while trying to raise the most funds and give the most food – and enjoy the friendly competition along the way.  Registered teams competed with all other registered teams, and within their own category.  The overall results and rankings for all registered teams are found below.

The rankings were determined by a point-based system and winners were calculated off overall point totals.  Funds, meals, and food figures are not all variables factored into the total points per team.  To learn more about this year’s point-system visit the F.A.Q. section at the bottom of cans.colostate.edu for more details.

1.   College of Business ($18,218 donated funds | doubles to 36,435 meals | 128 pounds of food | 182,816 points)

2.  Vice President for Research [OVPR] ($12,539 donated funds | doubles to 25,078 meals | 24 pounds of food | 125,514 points)

3.  Kinard Middle School ($7,793 donated funds | doubles to 15,587 meals | 979 pounds of food | 83,142 points)

4.  Dean’s Student Leadership Council – College of Business ($3,419 donated funds | doubles to 6,838 meals | 34,365 points)

5.  College of Engineering CANtributors ($2,460 donated funds | doubles to 4,920 meals | 173 pounds of food | 25,473 points)

6.  Division of Enrollment and Access ($2,499 donated funds | doubles to 4,998 meals | 24,990 points)

7.  Rocky Mountain High School ($1,296 donated funds | doubles to 2,592 meals | 1,790 pounds of food | 21,910 points)

8.  Economics Department ($1,727 donated funds | doubles to 3,454 meals | 17,270 points)

9.  Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands [CEMML] ($1,687 donated funds | doubles to 3,374 meals | 50 pounds of food | 17,121 points)

10.  TenSixteenTwenty ($1,410 donated funds | doubles to 2,820 meals | 64 pounds of food | 14,420 points)

11.  Diagnostic Medicine Center ($1,125 donated funds | doubles to 2,250 meals | 58 pounds of food | 11,537 points)

12.  Business & Financial Services/Procurement/Budget ($1,091 donated funds | doubles to 2,183 meals | 11,214 points)

13.  College of Liberal Arts ($935 donated funds | doubles to 1,870 meals | 283 pounds of food | 10,954 points)

14.  College of Agricultural Sciences ($1,025 donated funds | doubles to 2,050 meals | 8 pounds of food | 10,292 points)

15.  Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement [SLiCE] ($985 donated funds | doubles to 1,970 meals | 9,975 points)

16.  Policy, Risk, and Environmental Programs (PREP) ($900 donated funds | doubles to 1,800 meals | 13 pounds of food | 9,438 points)

17.  Lory Student Center ($842 donated funds | doubles to 1,684 meals | 4 pounds of food | 8,513 points)

18.  Human Resources ($571 donated funds | doubles to 1,142 meals | 44 pounds of food | 6,253 points)

19.  Student Disability Center ($542 donated funds | doubles to 1,084 meals | 17 pounds of food | 5,504 points)

20.  CSU Online ($370 donated funds | doubles to 740 meals | 3,700 points)

21.  Health Network ($367 donated funds | doubles to 734 meals | 3,670 points)

22.  College of Natural Sciences ($350 donated funds | doubles to 700 meals | 3,500 points)

23.  CSU Alumni ($325 donated funds | doubles to 650 meals | 3,250 points)

24.  University Housing ($280 donated funds | doubles to 560 meals | 3,000 points)

25.  Sigma Alpha Epsilon ($263 donated funds | doubles to 526 meals | 2,630 points)

26.  Career Center ($245 donated funds | doubles to 490 meals | 2,450 points)

27.  Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ($160 donated funds | doubles to 320 meals | 56 pounds of food | 1,880 points)

28.  Chemistry Department ($170 donated funds | doubles to 340 meals | 13 pounds of food | 1,808 points)

29.  Support and Safety Assessment ($170 donated funds | doubles to 340 meals | 1,700 points)

30.  CSU Navigators ($159 donated funds | doubles to 318 meals | 6 pounds of food | 1,626 points)

31.  Preston Middle School ($160 donated funds | doubles to 320 meals | 1,600 points)

32.  Psi Chi & The Psychology Student Alliance ($150 donated funds | doubles to 300 meals | 1,500 points)

33.  Student Veteran Organization ($105 donated funds | doubles to 210 meals | 79 pounds of food | 1,500 points)

34.  Edwards Hall Council ($100 donated funds | doubles to 200 meals | 1,400 points)

35.  College of Health and Human Sciences ($125 donated funds | doubles to 250 meals | 1,275 points)

36.  CSU Occupational Therapy Department ($50 donated funds | doubles to 100 meals | 131 pounds of food | 1,156 points)

37.  Women for Wildlands ($113 donated funds | doubles to 226 meals | 1,130 points)

38.  United Way for Larimer County (217 pounds of food | 1,085 points)

39.  A Different Kind of Baptist ($100 donated funds | doubles to 200 meals | 1,000 points)

40.  Allison Hall Council (113 pounds of food | 966 points)

41.  Biomedical Student Association ($90 donated funds | doubles to 180 meals | 900 points)

42.  Mathematics Department ($75 donated funds | doubles to 150 meals | 750 points)

43.  Rocky Mountain Student Media ($55 donated funds | doubles to 110 meals | 38 pounds of food | 741 points)

44.  The Society for Human Resource Management ($60 donated funds | doubles to 120 meals | 600 points)

45.  Braiden Hall Council (32 pounds of food | 560 points)

46.  Newsom Hall ($5 donated funds | doubles to 10 meals | 22 pounds of food | 559 points)

47.  CSU Finance Club ($37 donated funds | doubles to 74 meals | 370 points)

48.  National Society of Collegiate Scholars [CSU Chapter] ($25 donated funds | doubles to 50 meals | 13 pounds of food | 365 points)

49.  Fashion Group International ($35 donated funds | doubles to 70 meals | 350 points)

50.  Sigma Alpha Iota ($10 donated funds | doubles to 20 meals | 22 pounds of food | 262 points)

51.  Laurel Village Halls (46 pounds of food | 229 points)

52.  Phi Sigma Pi (10 donated funds | doubles to 20 meals | 25 pounds of food | 226 points)

53.  Sigma Alpha Sorority (36 pounds of food | 180 points)

54.  Delta Sigma Pi ($10 donated funds | doubles to 20 meals | 100 points)

55.  CSU Equine Reproduction Lab (10 pounds of food | 51 points)

56.  Student Outreach and Undergraduate Leadership [HDFS SOUL] (9 pounds of food | 44 points)

57.  Delta Delta Delta Sorority (6 pounds of food | 28 points)

58.  Ingersoll Hall and 59.  Premedica Club

Check out photos of those who coordinated and participated in C.A.N.S. Around The Oval 2020.  Photos represent how we all operated in virtual, remote, and physically distanced ways.  If you have photos of your own from C.A.N.S. 2020 that you wish to share, please email slice_serviceliaisons@colostate.edu.  Thank you!

For the Food Bank for Larimer County, volunteers are the heart of their non-profit organization.  In 2019, volunteers generously contributed more than 41,000 hours of their time – equivalent to 20 full-time staff members!  These volunteers helped them collect, sort, repack, and distribute more than 10 million pounds of food. Particularly during the COVID pandemic and once the fall 2020 semester began, the Food Bank for Larimer County is in great need of more volunteers.  In-person volunteering can occur at one of their three locations: northern Fort Collins, northern Loveland, and eastern Loveland off I-25 just north of Centerra Shops. Volunteering opportunities at this time include:
  • Individual and small-group options
  • One-time volunteering experiences and on-going/weekly commitments (preferred)
  • Physically distanced and virtual volunteering options (Ask about their “Smiles & Dials” virtual volunteering program!)
  • Opportunities for volunteers to utilize or build skill sets and knowledge in: bilingual language fluency, customer service experience, data entry/computer skills, driving experience, maintenance experience, experience with fork truck equipment, kitchen experience, office experience, phone/reception experience, retail experience, and/or warehouse experience
Volunteering can occur in September – Hunger Action Month, in October – in and around World Food Day, or anytime afterward.  Learn more about their current volunteer safety protocol, view volunteer opportunities, contact a food bank volunteer coordinator, and/or apply to volunteer, today!

C.A.N.S. 2020's "Traditional Talk and Thank You"