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"You Can Crush Hunger" competition kicks off

Hunger is a growing problem many families are facing including families in Fort Wayne. The USDA Economic Research Service said 1 in 6 people in America will face hunger. 49 million Americans will struggle to put food on the table. Local colleges and universities are joining the fight to end that problem.

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 6:13 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2018 10:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's time for the fourth annual "You Can Crush Hunger" competition. This year 6 schools are putting themselves to the test to beat the growing problem of hunger in the community.

"It's good to learn about philanthropy, and doing the right thing when you have extra resources to be able to do that," Carmen Cumberland, Executive President of Community Harvest Food Bank said.

Cumberland is happy to have the following schools step up to the plate: Indiana Tech, Huntington University, Purdue Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech, University of Saint Francis, and joining for the first time Manchester University.

"One of the things our students do regularly is find ways to give back to the community so it's important for us to be engaged, and this is one of those ways that's new for us, but not new in ways of serving the community," Dave McFadden, President of Manchester University said.

All of them have been giving back for some time now in their own ways, but University of Saint Francis is undefeated in this arena.

"In the three years that we've done this they've collected about 120,000 pounds of food among the five schools and USF has contributed about 66,000 pounds of that food," Sister Anita Holzmer said.

However Holzmer said it's not about bragging rights and Eric Norman from Purdue Fort Wayne agrees.

"The reality is we have a great collaborative relationship across the different institutions, and this is just another way Fort Wayne unites one another, and how we support the non-profits. At the end of the day, we're here for the community," Norman said.

The goal this year for the Community Harvest Food Bank is at least 55,000 pounds of food. You can stop by any campus to drop off items.

The collection will wrap up November 5th.

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