FLORENCE – Francis Marion University faculty, staff and students collected 4,937 cans of food to donate to Manna House in Florence in a campus-wide canned-food competition.
The second annual campus-wide canned food drive nearly doubled the amount collected in spring 1999, when the university donated 2,571 cans. The food drive, sponsored by the FMU Psychology Club, pits the campus programs and departments against one another in a competition.
Jeff Anastasi, assistant professor of psychology and psychology club adviser, said one point was awarded for each can of food placed in the department’s collection bin. Bins were emptied and tallied each Friday for several weeks.
“I am extremely elated by the pride that was demonstrated in this year's canned-food competition. Our goal was to raise 2,000 canned goods for the class of 2000 and we shattered that goal. We collected nearly 5,000 cans of food,” he said.
The department collecting the most cans in the 2000 competition is the FMU Psychology/Sociology department, which narrowly took the champion title from the Nursing Department. The Nursing Department was the winner of the competition last year.
The winning department receives a plaque to display in their area for a year. For more information regarding the canned food competition, contact Anastasi at 843-661-1633.