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Unions United Food Drive, Giving Tree Program Set to Benefit Community

Unions United Food Drive begins Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-24-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato is holding a number of events this fall to help out the University and local community. The Unions United Food Drive, the Third Annual Giving Tree Program and the recent 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Stop Hunger Food Drive are among the events sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato campus organizations.

Unions United Food Drive

The Unions United Food Drive to benefit the ECHO Food Shelf begins Tuesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Monday, Dec. 15. Food donations are accepted as well as monetary donations (payable to the ECHO Food Shelf).

Multiple collection sites have been set up on campus, including:

  • Career Development Center (Wigley Administration Center 209)
  • Faculty Association Office (Morris Hall 240B)
  • ITS break room (Memorial Library 3010)
  • Library Administration Office (Memorial Library 3104)
  • Wiecking Center lobby
  • A site will also be set up at South Central College

Sponsoring unions include AFSCME Council 5 Local 638; Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE); Inter-Faculty Association (IFO); Minnesota State University Association of Administrative & Service Faculty (MSUAASF); Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA); Middle Management Association (MMA); and Minnesota Government Engineers Council (MGEC).

For more information about the Unions United Food Drive, please contact Julie Dornack by phone at 507-389-5953 or by email at, or contact Mary Visser by phone at 507-389-2672 or by email at

Giving Tree Program

The Third Annual Giving Tree Program will be put on by Minnesota State Mankato’s Non-Traditional Student Center and Community Engagement Office. This event is designed to inspire giving to families of Minnesota State Mankato students who are in need.

There are 40 Minnesota State Mankato families registered and a total of 100 children who need gifts. Those interested in sponsoring a family or child are encouraged to register to be a sponsor. Registration will run through Monday, Dec. 1. For more information on sponsoring a child or family, please visit or email Lindsay Anderson at

Chili Cook-Off & Stop Hunger Food Drive for Campus Kitchen

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, University Dining Services (Sodexo) teamed up with Campus Kitchen and other campus community members to host the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Stop Hunger Food Drive in Centennial Student Union.

More than 220 people attended the event, and in total, 811 items were collected in the food drive before and during the cook-off. More than $400 was also donated. All food and monetary donations were provided to Campus Kitchen.

For more information about the Campus Kitchen Project, please call the Campus Kitchen at 507-389-6076, or contact Karen Anderson, assistant director for community engagement, by phone at 507-389-5783 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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