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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Autumn Food Drive

Each year, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, in partnership with the ChBE Graduate Students Advisory Council (GSAC), 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 East Central Illinois. 

A volunteer packs up a box with donated food.
Volunteers distribute food for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.


All donations benefit the EIF, which works to combat hunger in a 17-county area of Eastern Illinois. Champaign County’s poverty rate is greater than 20 percent, and one out of seven individuals in Eastern Illinois struggle with hunger, including one in five children. For more information, visit


In keeping with tradition, the annual ChBE Food Drive Challenge is a competition between research groups for the chance to win bragging rights and earn the right to hold the perpetual trophy for the next year. In addition, each donation grants entry to a charity raffle with prizes from local restaurants.

The 2020 Virtual Food Drive Challenge raised more than $2,000 for the EIF, led by the Su group who took home the trophy with a total of 1266 points, followed by the Kenis group with 777 points, and Guironnet group who placed third with 451 points. 

“The Su group was very excited about the event, and jumped in with 110 percent effort as an opportunity to make a difference and get everyone together in a team outreach event!” said Xiao Su, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor. “We are happy to contribute to our community, and also represent our department.”

Thank you to everyone in ChBE and beyond who has contributed to the EIF.

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