Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Autumn Food Drive

Each year the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department hosts 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. Your support matters! Join us to fight hunger in Eastern Illinois!

In keeping with tradition, we will be hosting a “Food Wars” competition between research groups for the chance to win bragging rights and earn the first-ever ChBE “Food Wars” trophy! In addition, each donation grants entry to a charity raffle with prizes from local restaurants. Scroll down for details.

Competition Scores

Nov. 22 Update: We are nearing the end of this year’s food drive! Harley Group has taken the lead, followed the by Flaherty and Guironnet groups. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! Keep it up! So far we have collected about 72 lbs (~33 kg) of food for the community!

Reminder: Monday, Nov. 27th is the last day to donate! The office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Nov. 15 Update: Week 1 of the ChBE Food Drive is complete! Flaherty Group leads, with Harley Group in a close second, followed by the Diao and Kenis groups.

Keep it up! So far we have collected almost 40 llbs (about 18 kg) of food for the community. Donations will continue to be accepted until Nov. 27.


Dates: November 6th – 27th, 2017
Location: 99 Roger Adams Lab
Drop off: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Anyone can donate! All donations are eligible for entry into the charity raffle. Six prizes from local restaurants will be awarded at the end of the drive.

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.