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Fall Food Drive in recognition of World Food Day and Food Day

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The Global Health Student Association and the Peace Corps Master’s International Student Organization, both housed in the University of South Florida College of Public, are partnering with the USF Health Service Corps to sponsor a Fall Food Drive in recognition of World Food Day and Food Day.

The student organizations seek donations of canned and boxed foods for distribution to individuals and families served by the Tampa Jewish Services Community Food Bank, Catholic Mobile Medical Services, and Santa Maria Mission. Collection boxes are located in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health from October 24-November 30.

Since 1979, World Food Day has been celebrated around the globe on October 16, the date the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations was founded in 1945.  Many organizations throughout the world use World Food Day to bring attention to food security, and in some cases, food insecurity.

The theme for World Food Day 2012 is “Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world.” For more information about World Food Day, visit or

Food Day takes place annually on October 24 and is a celebration of the movement for health, affordable, and sustainable food in the United States. The goal of Food Day is to “strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.” For more information about Food Day, including how to get involved by hosting an event, visit

For more information about the Fall Food Drive at USF Health or to help with the final collection ‘party’ on November 30, contact Anh Thy Nguyen at