By Wendy Sarubbi | February 22, 2011 1:48 pm

The College of Medicine is sponsoring a food drive at UCF’s last home basketball game on March 2 at 7:00 P.M. Please bring a can of non-perishable food with you to the game. There will be collection locations throughout the UCF Arena. Food will support Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Hunger is a huge problem in our community, especially during current economic conditions. More than 730,000 people received food assistance through Second Harvest in 2009, an increase of 152 percent from 2006. And 47 percent of those who needed help were children.

Second Harvest accepts all non-perishable food but is especially in need of higher-protein items, such as canned tuna, meats, meals in a can and beef stew, plus pasta, rice, canned vegetables, baby food and dry beans.

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