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First Annual Gast-Kresge Food Fight (MSU vs. UofM)!

or the first annual Gast-Kresge Library Food Drive Competition

Dates: Monday April 1 through Friday May 31, 2013


  • William C. Gast Business Library (Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing)
  • MSU Main Library near the Red Cedar Entrance (Main Library Building, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing)

We will have drop off boxes in the Gast Business Library near the Circulation Desk to collect non-perishable food items and personal products. See below for more information. Students - Take this opportunity to clean out your cupboards before moving!

For people at the University of Michigan, beating Sparty never gets old. And for people at Michigan State University, showing up the Wolverines from Ann Arbor can be as good as it gets. Whether it is on the football field, the basketball court, the baseball diamond, in case competitions, in job searches ... it always feels great to one up our brethren schools in Michigan. This is the true nature of a great rivalry that these two schools share. This year, the business libraries at these two great schools are taking this competitive spirit and putting the rivalry to good use. We are starting a new tradition that will pit the students, staff and faculty at the two business schools to help out those less fortunate in our two communities.

For two months (April and May), the libraries will be leading competing food drives with their respective business schools. The William C. Gast Business Library will be collecting food for the MSU Food Bank. The Kresge Business Administration Library will be collecting for Saline Area Social Services and the Hope Clinic (Ypsilanti). This will be the third annual food drive for Kresge, but their first competition with another library. The libraries will be measuring the food donations in paper bags or copy boxes. The winning library gets the all important bragging rights and a trophy (to be determined) that will move back and forth between the winning schools. The real winner will be the food banks that will be able to replenish their stocks at a time when donations are at their lowest.

While we want you to root for Sparty or Big Blue - the real winner will be the food banks in these two great communities.

Per the guidelines established by many food banks, we ask you to make sure that the donated items are:

  • Non-perishable food products
  • Contained in factory-sealed containers
  • Currently not expired products
  • Not in glass containers (most food banks avoid these as they can break in transit)

Items to consider donating

Non-Perishable Food and Drink
  • Rice
  • Tuna Fish or other canned fish or meat
  • Beef Stew, Meat Soups
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Spaghetti or Pasta
  • Chili
  • Beans (kidney, pinto, green, yellow, refried or black beans)
  • Baby Food or Formula
  • Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks
  • Dry Beans
  • Noodles, Macaroni
  • Powdered Milk
  • Pancake or Baking Mixes
  • Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly (in plastic jars)
Household Items
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towel
  • Tissue
Personal Care Items
  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Travel sized personal products are also very useful


  • Breezy Silver (silverbr@mail.lib.msu.edu) - William C. Gast Business Library (Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing)
  • Corey Seeman (cseeman@umich.edu) - Kresge Business Administration Library (Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

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