RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Students, faculty, and staff of Radford University will soon have an opportunity to give back to their local community.

The Radford Gives Back canned food drive supports Bobcats Backpacks, which helps feed students of Radford City Public School (RCPS). Approximately 50% of students in the school system qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

The nonprofit organization provides approximately 180 students in RCPS food each week.

The drive accepts canned food donations including chunky soup, peanut butter (16-18 oz.), granola bars, microwave popcorn, and oatmeal packets on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center’s Multipurpose Activity Court (MAC).

Bobcat Backpacks was founded by Radford alums Daniel Brunner ’98, Jane Fisher ’94, M.S. ’00, and Jenny Riffe, Ms.W. ‘0 was started when the alum saw the negative impact hunger has on the ability for students to focus in the classroom.

Last year, the drive collected more than 15,000 canned goods.

The university asks that donations be delivered at the side entrance of the MAC where parking and access to unloading are available.

“I encourage the campus community to once again collaborate to make this year’s Radford Gives Back drive a success,” President Brian O. Hemphill said.

“Together, let us demonstrate our Highlander pride by collecting more items than ever before,” he added.