USD's Coyoteopoly seeks food, cash donations on Nov. 1

VERMILLION, S.D. -- With the holidays quickly approaching, students from the Beacom School of Business at The University of South Dakota are doing their part to make sure the Vermillion Food Pantry is well-stocked to feed those less fortunate.

During "Coyoteopoly Day," Saturday, Nov. 1, USD students will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations to support the Vermillion Food Pantry. Donated food items to include are canned fruits, cereal (cold), peanut butter, soda crackers, cake and muffin mixes, pancake mixes,  pasta or noodles, and spaghetti sauces. Other items to be collected include travel-size toiletries, hand soap, laundry detergent (no liquids), toilet paper and diapers (sizes 3 through 6). Please do not donate ramen noodles, perishable food, homemade canned or preserved foods, or opened packaged items. Students will gladly accept items from residents who aren’t at home or choose to place them outside the front door.

Coyoteopoly, a student organization run by business law and legal environment students at The U, has raised more than $14,000 and collected more than 16,000 food items over the past two years. The organization’s goal is to collect 12,000 non-perishable items and raise more than $13,000 this year.

Created by Associate Professor Greg Huckabee of the Beacom School of Business five years ago, Coyoteopoly has provided important service-learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students at USD. In addition to providing donations and support to the Vermillion Food Pantry, Coyoteopoly has also helped raise money and awareness for Keep Vermillion Beautiful and military aid organizations that have distributed school supplies to children in Iraq. For more information or to make a contribution online, please visit www.coyoteopoly.com.