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November 2012 News Releases

Washburn University's canned food drive benefits Let's Help, Inc. and Topeka Rescue Mission

Can Emporia 2012 logoIn a recent food drive, Washburn University collected 17,192 canned food items to benefit Let’s Help, Inc. and the Topeka Rescue Mission. The food drive was a competition entitled “Can Emporia” against Emporia State University, to see which university could collect the most non-perishable food items. Cans collected during Washburn’s 2012 “Can Emporia” campaign more than quadrupled cans collected in 2011. Emporia claimed the title this year by collecting 39,458 food items.

One highlight of the “Can Emporia” campaign was a $1,000 donation from the Topeka Area Association of REALTORS®, Inc., who participated in the can collection with their “Realtors CAN Do It” campaign.  

The Can Emporia competition between Washburn and Emporia began in 2007. After this year’s competition, Washburn and Emporia are tied with three wins per university. For more information, contact Washburn Student Government Association at 785-670-1169.

WSGA is celebrating 100 years and was founded in 1912 on the grounds of improving the lives of students on and off campus.


Washburn Student Government Association, 785-670-1169
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153