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We are stunned by the outstanding results of Carnegie Mellon’s 28th Annual Food Drive, sponsored by Staff Council! Once again, our CMU Community rallied to boast yet another record-setting year!

We are SO PROUD to be part of such a caring, generous, and dedicated CMU community and are pleased to share this year’s FABULOUS results:

• Total dollars raised online: $109,600.44 • Total lbs: 2,483 lbs, 12 oz (including can openers and bags)

• Reusable Grocery Bags: 338 (donated to our CMU Food Pantry)

• Can Openers: 60 (donated to our CMU Food Pantry) Using the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s formula to convert dollars to pounds and adding that figure to our cash total, our grand total raised this year is an incredible (drumroll please)…


We couldn't even imagine surpassing the totals from last year's drive, but we now have a NEW RECORD and our most successful drive in CMU history!

This success wouldn’t be possible without widespread support. Together, we have raised the bar on our fight against food insecurity in the Pittsburgh area. A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered and contributed!

And a special shout-out to our teams finishing at the top of the leaderboard:

First Place: Campus Design & Facility Development

Second Place: School of Computer Science

Third Place: The Tepper School of Business

Top Student Team: CIA Buggy

Now let's imagine an even greater future … What can we achieve during our 29th Annual Food Drive?!?

Sincerely, Your 2021 Food Drive Committee, chaired by Carole Panno

Carnegie Mellon University's 28th Annual Food Drive, Sponsored by Staff Council

Carnegie Mellon's annual food drive is one important way the university demonstrates its commitment to the community, and Staff Council is proud to spearhead this initiative each year.

For nearly three decades, Carnegie Mellon has run one of the highest grossing food drives in the City of Pittsburgh, contributing more than $214,500 and over 77 tons (yes, TONS!) of nonperishables to support those in need. The university is motivated each year to keep our tradition of fighting hunger in the Pittsburgh area alive because we care about our neighbors.  

We attribute much of our past success to the spirit of friendly competition that permeates our campus. Last year, this spirited competition soared to new heights, with contributions reaching an all-time high of $86,503.38 (including cash and nonperishable contributions converted to dollars)!

Because of our continued and increased enthusiasm to help end food insecurity, our goal this year is to collect $100,000 in cash and nonperishables. 

Please be as generous as possible, but know that gifts of any size are important and appreciated.  In fact, $1 donated to the Food Bank can provide up to five meals!

If you have any questions, please contact Food Drive Chair, Carole Panno. 





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COVID-19 Year in Review

Bridget, a student and a bar manager, was laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m laid off and I’m actually a student. I’m trying to graduate. I graduate in two weeks and my school is actually the one that told me about this [distribution].” Providing for her daughter and herself is challenging when there is no work, but she is grateful that the drive-up distributions are able to provide a little extra assistance. “It’s to help my daughter and I. It means a lot. We need it to survive and I’m the full-time employee…I support both of us.”