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Video: Human Chain Delivers 'Ton of Food' to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Attracts Media Attention

Story posted May 05, 2010

Twenty-seven minutes. That's how long it took 538 people to pass a single can from the Quad to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP).

Over the course of about 90 minutes, more than 1,200 cans were passed, hand-to-hand, from the Visual Arts Center, down Maine Street, onto Station Avenue and then across Union Street to MCHPP.

A Ton of Food: Canned Food Drive and Human Chain from Bowdoin College on Vimeo. Video produced by Alex Colby '10.

Human Chain in the News

Human Food Chain Participants:

  • Brunswick High School's Service Learning Class
  • Entire third, fourth and fifth grade classes from Longfellow Elementary in Brunswick
  • Entire fifth grade classes from Brunswick's Coffin and Jordan Acres schools
  • 70 registered faculty and staff members, representing every division at the College
  • 120 registered students
  • Many walk-ons from both the campus and Brunswick community
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The event's organizers, Peter Fritsche '10, Maina Handmaker '11, Matt Pincus '10 and Madelyn Sullivan '10, created A Ton of Food: Canned Food Drive and Human Chain as part of the College's Climate Days, making a conscious effort to deliver the goods using a human chain rather than vehicles that would add to the carbon footprint. Twenty student volunteers helped with the event.

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(L. to r.) Elementary students lend a helping hand; Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin Keisha Payson takes the handoff from Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science Phil Camill; Madelyn Sullivan '10, one of the event's four student organizers, with the last item in the line.

The A Ton of Food: Canned Food Drive and Human Food Chain project was supported by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

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