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Friday, May 27, 2022

Food drive suffers drop in donations

The Twitter account boasts 195 tweets and 955 followers. The Facebook page counts 5,321 people who “like” it.  Yet UF’s Student Alumni Association still has not seen the expected turnout for its “Beat” Hunger campaign.

“We haven’t had that great of a response from it,” said Danielle Tubbs, community service co-chair for The Florida Cicerones.

Tubbs said while the community donated 552 pounds of food last year, this year’s turnout so far has been significantly less.

This is SAA’s third year running the “Beat” Hunger campaign, which is a food drive for Gainesville’s less fortunate, Tubbs said. Anyone can donate canned and nonperishable food items at Murphree Commons, the Emerson Alumni Hall Welcome Center and in line for “Beat” game day T-shirts.

Tubbs said Cicerones began collecting cans Sept. 24 in line for the Kentucky-game “Beat” T-shirts. The campaign is scheduled to end Oct. 31, but it may be extended to collect more cans, Tubbs said.

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