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Research groups compete to support local food pantry

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is hosting a food drive to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other programs working to feed the hungry in our area. In keeping with tradition, graduate students are hosting a “Food Wars” competition between research groups for the chance to win bragging rights and earn a trophy. In addition, each donation grants entry to a charity raffle with prizes from local restaurants.

Details and updates on the competition can be found here.

“Every year ChBE GSAC organizes the food drive so that we, as a department, can make a real, immediate impact on the lives of families in and around Champaign-Urbana,” said graduate student Bijal Patel. “When I was organizing the drive, it really shocked me to learn that 1 in 7 individuals in Eastern Illinois struggle with hunger every day. As graduate students and academics, we always hope that our research is making a positive impact on the world, but it’s important to realize we can make a difference in more simple ways too. If everyone in the department donates just a few cans, we can feed hundreds of families this fall.”

Anyone can donate. The food drive runs from November 6th – 27th, 2017. Items can be dropped off in Room 99, Roger Adams Lab, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Donation Rules

NO open cans, bags, containers, bottles of food
NO homemade food
NO food in glass containers

“Food Wars” Competition Rules

Help your research group make an impact, win bragging rights, and earn the first-ever ChBE “Food Wars” trophy by donating the following foods. Boxed foods can be donated to award negative points to competing groups.

3 points/ounce: peanut butter, canned meat, canned complete meals (e.g. soups, ravioli)
2 points/ounce: canned fruits/vegetables
1 point/ounce: 1 any other canned goods
-1 point/ounce: any boxed goods

Trophies will be awarded to the groups with the highest total point and total points per person! As the food drive progresses, GSAC will post up-to-date scores at the top of this page.

Community Impact

All donations benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, working to combat hunger in a 17-county area of eastern Illinois. Champaign County’s poverty rate is greater than 20% and 1 out of 7 individuals in Eastern Illinois struggle with hunger, including 1 in 5 children. Your donation matters! For more information, visit

Help spread the word!

Please help spread the word! Our goal is for everyone in the department to participate! Every donation helps. If you are able to, please post this food drive flyer in your group’s office.

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