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Jam the Bus set for Nov. 4

November 3, 2015

The tenth annual Jam the Bus food drive will be held Nov. 4 at Indiana State University.

Students, faculty and members of the community can drop off non-perishable foods, as well as cash donations to Hines East from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board and Sodexo. All contributions will benefit the Catholic Charities of Terre Haute.

Each year the donations are collected in hopes of filling an athletic bus to the brim with collected food.

When Jam the Bus was introduced on campus in 2005, 700 pounds of food was collected. Donations sky-rocketed from 6,000 pounds in 2011 to 16,658 pounds in 2012, more than a 250% increase.

This year’s goal is to raise 20,000 pounds of food for Terre Haute families.

Union Board has challenged campus student organizations and university offices in a competition to see who can donate the most food.

The top student organization will win a pizza party provided by Union Board. The university office contributes the most canned food will receive a discounted office lunch at Generations Café.

Allyson Morris, community service chair for Union Board and a biology major from Austin, Ind., hopes to break 2013’s record winning donation.

“The event always happens in November and a large portion of what is donated goes to help Terre Haute families during the holiday season,” said Morris. “I love the atmosphere the day of the event and how students take the time out of their day to come by and donate.


Photo: - Miss ISU Ayanna Sykes poses with Sycamore Sam during the 2014 Jam the Bus food drive. (ISU Photo Services)

Photo: - The tenth annual Jam the Bus is Nov. 4 at Indiana State University. (ISU Photo Services)

Contact: Allyson Morris, community service chair, Hulman Memorial Student Union Board,

Writer: Mallory Eherenman, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3773 or