Campus Holiday Food Drive To Benefit the Mid-South Food Bank

November 1st through December 1st

The UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) is excited to launch its 9th Annual Campus Food Drive which will last through the month of November. All donated food, paper products and money will be gathered and delivered to the Mid-South Food Bank on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The Mid-South Food Bank is facing a severe food shortage and it needs our help. According to the Mid-South Food Bank website, “a large percent of the population has experienced food insecurity or hunger in the last 12 months.  Of that large percentage, a large percent have incomes above the level that qualifies for food stamps. These individuals make too much money for food stamps, but still struggle to feed themselves or their families." 

The Mid-South Food Bank distributes over 14 million pounds of high nutritious food to over 220,000 people through three basic initiatives (children, families, and seniors). Thousands receive food assistance every week.   Countless unique households are served annually. Thirteen percent of households have no income, 51 percent have incomes of less than $10,000; 20 percent have incomes between $10,000 and $20,000 a year, and 75 percent of households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.

Here is a highlight of those who are served by the Mid-South Food Bank. Through our donations the UT Health Science Center will be helping a wide variety of people in need.

The Mid-South Food Bank:

  • Serves the hungry in 31 counties, including 12 counties in Tennessee, one in Arkansas, and 18 in Mississippi.
  • Benefits numerous charitable feeding programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood Christian Center and the Salvation Army
  • Turns a donated $1 into $6.78 worth of food or three adult meals.
  • Assisting the Mid-South Food Bank, which is located a few blocks away from UT Health Science Center on South Dudley Street, allows UTHSC to reinforce our commitment to our mission of improving health through public service. We encourage each employee and student to give or bring a bag of food for the campus food drive.
  • Last year, the UTHSC campus collected over $5,000 and nearly 2000 pounds of food, supplies and monetary donations which created close to 17,000 adult meals for those who were hungry. With your help, we know we can make a difference again this year.

Items Needed Most:

(Please no glass containers)

  • Canned meats
  • Chili, Stew and Soups
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned 100% juices
  • Canned milk

Other Needed Non-food Items

(Please do NOT mix food and non-food items together)

  • Paper towels, plates, napkins, cups, plastic utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal care items: toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant
  • Laundry and dish soap

Monetary donations are also accepted (if donating via check, please make the check payable to: The Mid-South Food Bank).

Those who prefer to make this kind of contribution should contact the food drive representative in their building or go online to

If money is donated online, please enter as the e-mail (so UTHSC’s contributions can be tracked collectively).

Drop Box Locations

Drop-off boxes have been strategically located throughout the campus. Look for boxes in the following buildings:

  • 910 Madison Building, Suite WP012
    (Barbara Patton, 448-5600)
  • 910 Madison Building, Suite 1002
    (Demetria Sturgis, 448-5529)
  • 920 Madison Building, Suite 807
    (Felicia Washington, 448-4465)
  • 920 Madison Building, Suite 1050
    (Jada Harding, 448-2358)
  • 930 Madison Building, Suite 600
    (Linda Johnson, 448-2042)
  • Alexander Building, 6th Floor Lobby
    (Gail Perry, 448-5841)
  • Boling Center (711 Jefferson), MAIL ROOM
    (Cecelia Holston, 448-5944)
  • Campus Police, Squad Room
    (Officer Veronica Jones, 448-4444)
  • Chandler Building (Anesthesiology), Room 600
    (Karlis Jordan, 448-4554)
  • Coleman Building, Room D328
    (Gail House, 448-4630)
  • Dunn Dental, Suite S102
    (Wanda Patrick, 448-7686)
  • Facilities, 1st Floor
    (Stanley Tyler, 448-5661)
  • Forensic Center, Ground Floor
    (Katora Jones, 222-4604)
  • General Education Building (GEB), 1st Fl., adjacent to Campus Police Booth
    (Carol Mason, 448-6464)
  • Hyman Building, Suite 300
    (Jackie McClarin, 448-8740)
  • Jefferson Building, F150
    (Catina Price, 448-8250)
  • LINK Building, Suite 515
    (Brenda Smith, 448-5957)
  • Molecular Sciences Building, Ground Floor  (Lanya Lester, 448-2883)
  • Pauline Building, Suite 633
    (Barbara Jerden, 448-6339)
  • Pharmacy Building, 2nd Floor
    (Rachel Faulkner, 448-6036)
  • RBL Building, Ground Floor
    (Jayne Collins-McKinnie, 448-3032)
  • Student Alumni Center (SAC), Information Desk & Suite 300
    (Emily Cooley, 448-5610)
  • Translational Science Research Building - 2nd Floor
    (Easter Jenkins, 448-6004)
  • Translational Science Research Building - 3nd Floor
    (Michelle Lester, 448-2634)

Thank you for “feeding” the need – in our community,
UTHSC Campus Food Drive Steering Committee