Food drive moved to online format to comply with social distancing

The Hoot Out Hunger Food Drive is an annual food drive run by KSU Campus Awareness, Resources, and Empowerment Services that involves online donations of food for KSU students. Online donations are available to purchase currently at the KSU Hoot Out Hunger donation page.

The food drive is an annual event held together with the Athletics Association to take part in Homelessness Awareness Week. Homelessness Awareness Week is not only about donating food, it is also about informing and educating people on homelessness and hunger in their area.

The event is meant to promote helping homeless individuals who need food and other resources. Other events usually follow throughout the week, but no information is released at this current time.

The food drive will donate the food they raise to help KSU students who are struggling to find food to eat, according to a KSU CARE Service representative. The representative specifically stated that the food will go to the KSU Terrace Pantry for struggling students to access.

The Terrace Pantry has currently suspended all individual or community food donations until Dec. 2020. The move was done to ensure student safety during and to reduce the stress of quarantining food items.

Any donations made for the food drive must be done on the KSU Hoot Out Hunger donation pageor during the in-person events in November.

The Hoot Out Hunger Food Drive will still continue as planned even with the current restrictions on the Terrace Pantry.

Along with online donations, various time slots for in-person donations will be available in early November. These in-person events will take place at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium near the Kennesaw campus.

According to a KSU CARE Service representative, in-person donations will be held on November 2 and November 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m as well as November 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At these events, attendees can bring appropriate non-perishable foods to be collected for the food drive.

There will not be any sports games happening during the donation events according to the CARE Service representative. The stadium will be used to host the events in an open space to collect the most donations.

More information about the event and where to purchase tickets and food to donate is available at the KSU Hoot Out Hunger event page.

For more ways to help KSU students affected by the coronavirus outbreak, visit the how to help page on the KSU website for information on where to donate.

KSU students who are in need of food can visit the campus pantry page located on the KSU website.

KSU CARE Services is hosting the 2020 Hoot Out Hunger Food Drive on a different system than previous years as a result of COVID-19 and social distancing measures.

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