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November 2, 2012

NWOSU-Woodward holding annual 'Food Fight' in November

Woodward, Okla. — With the holidays around the corner, the season of giving is fast approaching, and one way you can give is by donating to the NWOSU-Woodward's 2nd annual "Food Fight" food drive this November.

"We call it the 'Food Fight,' because its a competition between the majors of NWOSU to see who can raise the most food. So education majors will compete against business majors or science majors to see which department can get the most donations," explained NWOSU-Woodward Special Events Coordinator Charlie Burns.

"I think by making the Food Fight a competition it gives the students drive to give more," Burns said. "Everyone has a bit of a competitive side to them, and the good thing about this food drive is that that competitiveness goes towards supporting a good cause."

That cause is the Woodward Community Food Pantry, which is where all the food collected during the drive will be taken to be distributed to needy families over the holidays, Burns said.

"This is NWOSU's way of giving back to the community during the holiday season," he said, noting "Last year we raised nearly 10 large plastic tubs of food; and we're hoping to do even better this year."

That is why, although it is a competition amongst the majors, NWOSU is taking contributions from outside the school as well.

"We're also accepting donations from the public," Burns said. "People can donate to our outside fund which is independent of the competition amongst the majors, or if someone has a major they favor and want to support they can choose to donate to that drive."

Burns said he would encourage the public to get involved because it is a way to support the local college while also supporting a valuable community program.

"I think you should always take every opportunity to give back tot he community.  Also you know what you're donating is going towards brightening some family's holiday," he said. "Plus its a good chance to clean out your pantry."

Food donations are being accepted now through the end of the month at the NWOSU-Woodward campus.

"We're looking primarily for canned or boxed items, preferably with a long shelf-life or distant expiration date," Burns said.

For more information about the Food Fight food drive or how you can donate, contact Charlie Burns at 254-2503.

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