HU helps crush hunger in contest

Norris Friesen (center), director of volunteer service and outreach ministry at Huntington University, holds a certificate for the 4,000 pounds of food recently collected in the U Can Crush Hunger Campaign, presented to him by Carmen Cumberland (left) and John R. Wolf, of Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne.
Norris Friesen (center), director of volunteer service and outreach ministry at Huntington University, holds a certificate for the 4,000 pounds of food recently collected in the U Can Crush Hunger Campaign, presented to him by Carmen Cumberland (left) and John R. Wolf, of Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne. Photo provided.

Huntington University is among multiple universities in the greater Fort Wayne area that teamed up with Community Harvest Food Bank the end of October for its annual U Can Crush Hunger competition.

The Huntington University Friesen Center collected food through several different activities, including an Olympiad “can construction” and at HU men’s and women’s basketball games.

All of the food collected at Huntington was donated to Love In the Name of Christ, which partners with Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne. Love INC operates a community food pantry in Huntington which helps people who are food insecure and in need of provisions.

The universities involved in the competition were Huntington University, IPFW, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College and University of Saint Francis. The five schools collected 43,749 total pounds of food, which translates into 36,000 meals that will be served to children, Seniors, veterans and families for the holidays.

Next year’s Crush Hunger campaign will be Oct. 22 through Nov. 6.