Fewer residents in Vermillion and Clay County will go hungry this holiday season thanks to students at The University of South Dakota and Coyoteopoly, a service-learning project in the Beacom School of Business, which has donated more than 10,000 food items and helped raise more than $10,000 for the Vermillion Food Pantry.
Coyoteopoly CEO Jeff Beckmann said students have gathered hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food items, including canned fruits and macaroni and cheese, as well as household items such as toilet paper and diapers this fall for donation to the food pantry. In addition, Coyoteopoly is expected to contribute more than $10,500 to the local food pantry with monetary donations coming from individual and local businesses, the recycling of aluminum cans, sales of holiday greeting cards and concession stand sales from local high school football games.
Representatives from Coyoteopoly also collected donations by going door to door in the community. This is the fourth consecutive year that Coyoteopoly and students from the Beacom School of Business have contributed food and cash to the Vermillion Food Pantry, exceeding last year's total of 6,000 food items and doubling the more than $4,000 raised in 2006.