food drive
February is National Canned Food Month, but despite the demand, food pantries are often low on inventory this time of year.

With this in mind, Martha Hedberg of the Conflict of Interest in Research office and Joanie Neyens of the Human Subjects Office organized a canned food drive competition among the university’s three research compliance units.

The food drive ran from Feb. 9-20. The proceeds of 725 lbs. of food and $150 in HyVee gift cards will be split among the three local food banks in North Liberty, Iowa City and Coralville.

This is an inaugural event, but Hedberg and Neyens plan to make it an annual one. They said their coworkers like to compete and have fun with these sorts of activities, but they also truly want to give back to their communities.

“We work with a lot of generous people,” Hedberg said.

The winning office was the Environmental Health and Safety Office with 17 lb. per team member donated. The office will receive a handmade trophy with a surprise for the winning team members to share.

The three teams involved are the Human Subjects Office/Conflict of Interests Research Office, the Environmental Health and Safety Office, and the Office of Animal Resources and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.