Food drive ends today

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Robin Taylor's office in the Durham Research Center resembles a small grocery store thanks to the donations of the staff in the UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience during the "Our Heartiest Thanks!" food drive.

The drive ends today around noon.

As a group, UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC Physicians, Clarkson College, Sodexo and Private Practice Associates, have far surpassed their collective goal of collecting one ton of food.

It remains to be seen if the group can break the Omaha Food Bank record of six tons collected in a single drive.

Departments that that took the public affairs challenge and collected more than 10 bags of food are encouraged to send their totals to today@unmc.edu and be recognized in an upcoming UNMC Today article. Pictures of your food stockpiles are welcome, too.

Each year the food bank distributes between 5 and 7 million pounds of food. More than 300,000 children, families and seniors in Omaha will benefit from the items donated.

Some of the items the food bank needs are: canned meats such as tuna, chicken or ham; canned pasta; canned fruits and vegetables; dry beans; rice; "helper" products such as hamburger and tuna helper; pasta and sauce; peanut butter and jelly; baking products such as flour and sugar; ketchup; mustard; diapers; shampoo; toilet paper; laundry supplies and soap.

Barrels for food drop offs are at the following locations on campus:

  • 4230 Building (Annex 10)
  • Durham Research Center
  • College of Nursing
  • Munroe-Meyer Institute
  • Student Life Center
  • Wittson Hall
  • Howard Hall Student Center -- Clarkson College
  • Clarkson Tower Lobby
  • University Tower Lobby
  • Durham Outpatient Center Lobby
  • Clarkson Tower Cafeteria
  • University Tower Cafeteria
  • 5th floor at 3333 Farnam St. (Mutual location) -- Two 55 gallon barrels
  • Turner Park at 2955 Farnam St.
  • UNMC Community Health Care Center at 5155 D. 36th St.
  • Baker Place at 5050 Ames Ave.
  • Eagle Run at 13708 W. Maple Road
  • Summit Plaza (Bellevue) 3604 Summit Plaza Drive
  • Clarkson West at 2727 S. 144th St.
  • Brentwood Village at 8021 S. 84th St.
  • Plattsmouth at 1938 Highway 34 E
  • Specialty Care Center at 804 S. 52nd St.

Those wishing to drop off food at area food banks can do so at the following locations:

Omaha Food Bank
6824 J St.
Omaha, NE 68117

Lincoln Food Bank
4840 Doris Bair Circle, Suite A
Lncoln, NE 68504