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UNI Entrepreneurs group teams with Campbell Soup Company to stop hunger

February 1, 2011

Laurie Watje, UNI Entrepreneurs Advisor, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Members of the UNI Entrepreneurs, a Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) affiliate group, are working to help fight hunger in the Cedar Valley by participating in the 2011 Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger Challenge."

The Challenge is a competition sponsored by Campbell Soup Company for SIFE teams in Canada, Mexico and the United States to raise awareness of hunger and provide hunger relief. The UNI Entrepreneurs group hopes to collect 5,000 pounds of food or $5,000 by April 1to be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to provide hunger relief in the Cedar Valley.

To donate, contact the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at 319-273-5732. Drop-off locations can be found in the student lounge at Curris Business Building and the Business and Community Services building main entrance. People wishing to donate money can mail a check to JPEC, attention: Can Hunger Business and Community Services, 128 Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0130.

"Considering the World Health Organization estimates more than 1.2 billion people do not know where their next meal will come from, and coupled with our current economic climate, it's more important than ever to lend a helping hand to our neighbors, as well as empower food insecure populations to defeat the cycle of hunger," said Ben McClurg, a sophomore accounting and finance major from Waukee, and the head of special project for the UNI group.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization working with leaders and higher education to help university students make a difference in their communities and become socially responsible business leaders. For more information on UNI Entrepreneurs visit

UNI Entrepreneurs is sponsored by the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services. The JPEC provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail