The collected food was distributed to food banks, including those in partnership with the Sodexo Foundation, which has a mission to stop hunger and its root causes.
Most of the Sodexo client collection sites participating in this year's "Cans Across America" drive were college campuses --- several of the more than 500 schools earned distinction by collecting especially impressive amounts of food. For example:
* Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, the top collector, gathered nearly 50,000 pounds of food.
* Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois, hosted "stuff the bus" events where several city buses were filled with more than 15,000 pounds of food.
* University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, gathered more than 12,000 pounds of food.
In addition, up to 200 senior centers and hospitals served by Sodexo participated.