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UPDATE: UW-Eau Claire collects more than 3,000 lbs of food

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - UW-Eau Claire is giving a big Christmas gift to Feed My People Food Bank. 

UW-Eau Claire said they collected 3,297 lbs of food and $1,412 for their Helping Hands Across America Food Drive on Wednesday. 

Blugold Dining will accept food and monetary donations at Blugold Card Services and The Blugold Marketplace anytime. 

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - UW-Eau Claire students and staff are using their helping hands to help the hungry across the Chippewa Valley. 

Wednesday Blugold Dining hosted its annual Helping Hands Across America Food Drive. Non-perishable food and cash was collected to give to Feed My People Food Bank. Last year, more than 3,000 lbs of food and nearly $1,200 was donated. They hope to beat those numbers in 2016. 

"Especially around the holiday season with Thanksgiving being done and Christmas coming up, it is really important for us to show our condolences to families," John Mattison, a Marketing Intern for Sodexo and Blugold Dining said. "That is something that we are really passionate about is helping the community, helping the unfortunate."

Blugold Dining will accept food and monetary donations at Blugold Card Services and The Blugold Marketplace anytime. 

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