SLiCE Engagement Programs:
C.A.N.S. Around the Oval

C.A.N.S. Around the Oval is a Colorado State University tradition, where students, faculty, and staff partner with local community members, schools, and organizations to raise awareness about hunger by collecting food goods and raising monetary donations for the Food Bank for Larimer County. C.A.N.S. Around the Oval has evolved into a fund and food drive asking donors for C.A.N.S. “cash and nutritious staples” (online monetary donations and healthy non-perishable food items) to enhance the quality and quantity of food better meeting community needs.

See the 2019 C.A.N.S. Around the Oval Results!

How You Can Get Involved with C.A.N.S Around the Oval

Information About Hunger

Important information regarding food insecurity and hunger on local, national, and global scales - and how C.A.N.S. Around the Oval plays a role.


Learn how to CANtribute - from individual engagement, group competitions, volunteering the day of, and spreading awareness throughout your community.

History of C.A.N.S

C.A.N.S Around the Oval began as part of a student interview with the first Director of the Food Bank for Larimer County! Click here to learn more about this CSU tradition.

A glimpse of the 25th Anniversary of Cans Around the Oval in 2011.  See what Collection Day can look like, and what to expect, though elements of the program has evolved over the years.

C.A.N.S. Around the Oval Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not part of a team, how can I donate online as an individual?

Thank you for your interest to donate online to C.A.N.S. Around the Oval!  As an individual, not part of a particular team participating in the overall event, please click here to donate online.  We are encouraging individuals to give under the drop-down category of “Random Acts of Kindness.”

Who can participate?

  • CSU Departments, Offices, & Colleges
  • CSU Student Groups
  • Individual students, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Local Community Businesses/Non-Profits, Faith-Based Community Organizations
  • K-12 Schools

Do we have to compete to be a part of C.A.N.S. Around the Oval?

You do not have to enter a competition to participate in C.A.N.S. Around the Oval!  You can simply donate online during the month-long event.  Or, you can drop off funds and goods to the SLiCE office any time before Collection Day, or at The Oval on Collection Day. We ask you still register online, so we may  get your contact information, personalize the information we share with further details on the ways in which you want to CANtribute, and to properly thank you for you after Collection Day.  You can also volunteer with SLiCE for World Food Day.  

The C.A.N.S. Around the Oval Friendly Competition provides CSU students, faculty and staff, as well as local schools, businesses/non-profits, faith-based community organizations, and community teams an added element of fun with this funds and food drive.  This friendly-competition has developed over the years as the event grows.  Because of the popularity of the competition, we develop a set of guidelines to ensure all groups’ totals are properly counted and recorded.

How do I collect food and funds?

There are many different ways to CANtribute, including these suggested ideas by SLiCE below.  To learn more about each, please register (share your contact information and interest in CANtributing), and we will share with you more detailed information about each.

  • CANvas Neighborhoods
  • Conduct Mini-Food/Fund Drives
  • Coordinate “Penny Wars”
  • Contend in C.A.N.S. Around the Oval Competition
  • Donate Online
  • Give Nutritious Pantry Staples
  • Learn About World Food Day
  • Partner with Local Businesses
  • Utilize Social Media
  • Volunteer with SLiCE
  • And More!