C.A.N.S. Around The Oval reaches fundraising goal

Photos by John Eisele/CSU Photography

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 28 with results from the annual team competition.

It came down to the wire, but Colorado State University’s annual drive to collect nonperishable food and raise money for the Food Bank for Larimer County reached its $60,000 fundraising goal.

The target was met on the final day of the monthlong C.A.N.S. Around The Oval food drive on Oct. 19, with CSU and Fort Collins community members contributing a total of $60,727. Organizers said that the funds will help supply approximately 120,000 meals through the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The food drive, which started on Sept. 19, also aimed at collecting 20,000 pounds of food. In all, 17,854 pounds was collected.

Basic Needs Program Coordinator Kathryn Conrad, who is part of CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office, said this year’s C.A.N.S. Around The Oval demonstrated the power of the CSU and Fort Collins community.

“It all got really real when the truck rolled up to The Oval (on Oct. 19),” Conrad said. “We received quite a bit of support from the CSU community, but we also received a lot of support from the Poudre School District.”

As in previous years, the Oct. 19 celebration featured remarks from CSU leadership, including Interim President Rick Miranda as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes.

C.A.N.S. — which stands for “cash and nutritious staples” — is one of the largest fund and food drives in Northern Colorado. The event has been a staple at CSU for the past 36 years.

Mario Righi, a senior majoring in business administration, was among the students helping at this year’s event on the Oval. Righi, who has worked for Rams Against Hunger the past two years, said seeing the outpouring of support was inspiring.

“Just seeing all of the massive amounts of cans that come to the Oval shows that people actually care,” he said. “It’s incredible how the community comes together to help each other out.”

Competition results

Funds CSU
College of Business: $21,999.76
Office of the Vice President for Research: $5,242.35
Dean’s Student Leadership Council of COB: $3,195.72
*Shoutout to the College of Liberal Arts for the last-minute $400 to meet the goal.

Funds PSD
Kinard Middle School Global Leadership: $6,130.40
Rocky Mountain High School: $4,287.06
Riffenburgh Elementary School: $1,000

Food CSU
Deans Student Leadership Council of the College of Business: 628.6 lbs
SLiCE: 447.5 lbs.
ASCSU: 327.6 lbs.

Food PSD
Kinard Middle School Global Leadership: 4,952 lbs.
Rocky Mountain High School: 4,285.7 lbs.
Kruse Elementary School: 1,854.6 lbs.
Lopez Leaders 2022: 1,368 lbs. (Honorary Mention)

CANversation Attendee Superstars
SLiCE: 225 points
The Career Center: 150 points
Net Impact: 125 points