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The IUPUI community can help feed the hungry during this year's "Jam the Jaguars Pantry" event

November 19, 2013

A long-standing campus tradition that highlights the season of giving is getting an update this month, when the new Paws Pantry becomes the site for the “Jam the Jaguars Pantry” celebration.


Food drive leaders are confident that there will be plenty of donations to support the pantry and community food distributors.

This year’s event will culminate Nov. 21, when anyone on campus -- students, faculty, staff or other groups -- bring their canned goods, foodstuffs, paper goods and more to help feed the hungry.

But according to Community Relations Manager Sara Griffin, this year’s event has a campus connection: the goods gathered will help fill the Paws Pantry based in the Campus Center, and will be available to those who need a helping hand.

“Our goal is to fill the Pantry, to ‘Jam’ it with people’s contributions,” said Griffin. “And if we have extra food beyond what the Pantry needs, we’ll share it with the partners we’ve been working with for years.”

Those outlets include Christamore House, Damien Center, Dayspring Center, Gleaners Food Bank, Hawthorne Community Center, Julian Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Wheeler Mission Ministries, Broadway Methodist, HVAF Indiana and Midwest Food Bank.

“We’ve always been able to raise two to three tons of food, and we hope to achieve that (total) again this year,” Griffin added.

Those who plan to donate will be able to do so through the Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI bookstore, which will help organize the contributions. People can bring the items they have collected to the bookstore between 9 a.m. and noon Nov. 21. Paws Pantry will put aside enough to meet campus needs, then will send the rest to IUPUI’s community partners.

Those who gather contributions ahead of time can take them to the Administration Building (AO) and put them in the box located just outside Room 136.

Griffin senses a difference in the campus’s preparation for this year’s drive.

“It feels that people who work or are active on campus are feeling more in touch this year,” she said. “They realize that the people who receive these goods could be someone they see on campus, or pass in a hallway. That is creating a great energy for the campus and the drive.”

The bookstore is encouraging friendly competition between student organizations by offering gift cards for winning groups. Jinx will be on hand for the day, and discount coupons will be available for Barnes & Noble.

For people who would prefer to give monetary donations, checks can be made payable to the IU Alumni Association. Add a note about Paws Pantry on the memo line. Send the contributions via campus mail to Griffin at AO 136, or drop it by the office.

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