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#UCanCrushHunger 2018

Spartans join U Can Crush Hunger campaign

Manchester University is competing for the first time this year in the U Can Crush Hunger campaign, a friendly competition among schools in northeast Indiana with a single goal – to collect 55,000 pounds worth of food for food pantries, or the equivalent in monetary donations.

The fourth annual U Can Crush Hunger takes place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. 

“U Can Crush Hunger aligns with the university’s mission to give back to the community, and dealing with food insecurities is an important thing for us to focus on,” said Allison Goetcheus, director of the Center of Service Opportunities. “This is really a good way to create a friendly competition where everybody wins and we can work with other universities to promote a positive message and have a positive impact.” 

The other schools are Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Fort Wayne and the University of Saint Francis.

Canned goods and monetary donations received will be distributed by the Community Harvest Food Bank, which is based in Fort Wayne. Each dollar raised is equivalent to four pounds worth of canned goods. If you are donating canned goods, the most-needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, canned tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

How you can help with #UCanCrushHunger:

  • Manchester University students will go door to door from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in neighborhoods near the North Manchester campus. Costumed Spartans will “trick or treat” from College Avenue down to Fifth Street, between East and Market streets.
  • Bring your donation when you visit the Haunted Police and Fire Station, 705 W. Main St., during trick or treat for the town of North Manchester, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Public Safety Complex. The theme is Carn-Evil, and all ages are welcome. Students will adjust the “scare” level upon request.
  • Students, faculty and staff will dress up for Costume Bingo at 8:08 p.m. Oct. 31 in Haist Commons at the annual Manchester Activities Council event that traditionally collects canned goods.
    Donation barrels for canned good items will be located in the lobbies of the Jo Young Switzer Center, Academic Center Welcome Center, Science Center and the Physical Education and Recreation Center. 
  • The Pharmacy Student Leadership Council is organizing U Can Crush Hunger events at the Fort Wayne campus, 10627 Diebold Road, and there will be a barrel in the lobby. “Pharmacy Wars” is a friendly competition between P1, P2 and P3 students. You can select a class and help its students win.
  • Donate online.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is a northeast Indiana leader in health science education. It offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at . 

Press release prepared with assistance by student worker Jennifer Wagner in the Office of Strategic Communications.

October 2018