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Food Drive Raises Thousands

Published: August 12, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - The 7th annual Eastern Washington University Community Food Drive generated nearly $12,000 in cash donations for area food banks and outreach programs, bringing the total raised to just over $84,000 since 2008. Additionally, 16 tons of food have been donated over the last seven years - and 99 percent of everything raised has stayed in the Cheney community.

Of the total cash donations, almost $6,039 will go to the Cheney Food Bank, and the rest will to Cheney Outreach ($1,198.76), Feed Cheney ($1,000) and the Communities in Schools in Spokane County ($2,754).

The end of the annual Food Drive also marked the end of an era of sorts, as the founder and chair of the event, Nadine Arévalo, will be retiring with her husband. Her tireless work and impact on the Cheney community was recognized during award ceremonies on Monday, August 11. Thanks to Arévalo's work, the Food Drive is a mainstay on the EWU campus and is managed by the Office of Community Engagement.

Every year, various university teams have competed to see who could collect the most food, raise the most money and collect the most backpacks filled with school supplies. This year's winner was led by Arévalo herself, as "Arévalo's Angry Birds" raised $3,100.

The monetary donations will go a long ways toward helping the Cheney Food Bank provide meals for families all over the West Plains in the coming year.

Money for the Communities in Schools of Spokane County, which sponsors such programs as the Friday Backpacks of Food program, will provide children with a weekend backpack filled with food. It is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the dropout rate and give children a secure meal source on the weekends.

Additionally, another 15 backpacks were donated to Cheney Outreach during this year's drive. Over the last seven years, total donations have made it possible for Cheney Outreach to distribute 270 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Nadine Arévalo - Food Drive


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