Support Radford Gives Back Oct. 8 & 9, 2019

Brunner, Fisher and Riffee pack bags of food at Bobcat Backpacks.

The fourth annual canned food drive and community service project is a campuswide effort to collect food items for Bobcat Backpacks, a local nonprofit organization that provides 180 Radford City Public School (RCPS) children with food to eat on the weekends.

The organization was founded in 2016 by alumnae Daniela Brunner ’98, Jane Fisher ’94, M.S. ’00 and Jenny Riffe, M.S.W. ’03. Approximately 50 percent of RCPS students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Having raised their own children in the school system, the alumnae witnessed firsthand how hunger affects students and their ability to focus in the classroom.

The entire campus community is invited to once again participate in this impactful and life-changing program that affects hundreds of children and their families throughout the city of Radford.

More than 15,000 food items were collected during last year’s drive, and we are aiming high again this year!

Event Details

Canned food items can be dropped off from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Multipurpose Activity Court (MAC). Donations should be delivered to the side door of the MAC, at which parking and unloading access will be allowed.

Clubs, organizations, academic departments and other campus groups are asked to please collect and deliver items together, instead of individually, to help speed up the sorting process.

The drive will culminate on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. on the MAC where the entire campus community is invited to gather for a short program and pack 300 weekend food bags in solidarity and support of Bobcat Backpacks.

Canned Food Donations Requested

  • Chunky soup
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Beans
  • Ravioli
  • Peanut butter (16-18 oz.)
  • Granola bars
  • Boxed mac ‘n cheese
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Oatmeal packets

Find Out More

Learn more about and RSVP to Radford Gives Back on the RUInvolved website.