Rose Float Students Seek Food Donations
The Rose Float Lab on the eastern edge of campus is hub of activity virtually year-round, but the pace quickens significantly in the final two months leading up to the Rose Parade.
Dozens of student volunteers swing into action ┐ fitting, welding, molding, painting and fine-tuning what will be the 64th consecutive Rose Parade entry for the Cal Poly Universities. Like their predecessors, they have the drive, creativity and teamwork to produce another award-winner, but they lack one key ingredient: a steady supply of meals to feed the 150 to 200 students who will descend on the lab in mid-December for Design Week, the final frenetic push before ┐To the Rescue┐ is slowly driven to Pasadena for decorating.
┐We┐re once again counting on supporters to help us with snacks, meals or ingredients such as pasta, rice and oatmeal,┐ says Kelsey Frasher, a hospitality management major who is coordinating the effort and doing most of the cooking. ┐Donors don┐t have to feed everyone. We really appreciate contributions of all sizes ┐ and we┐re certainly not picky. The only things we can┐t accept are fish and peanut butter.┐
Restaurants are often the biggest difference-makers, Frasher says, because they provide prepared meals that can feed an entire army of student volunteers.
┐It┐s such a huge boost when a restaurant helps out,┐ Frasher says. ┐They┐re definitely part of the team. When our float goes down Colorado Boulevard, the people who provided meals can say they helped put it there.┐
To support the student volunteers, email email@example.com or call (909) 869-3936.
┐They┐re welcome to drop off food and supplies at the lab, but we┐ll be happy to pick up donations as well,┐ she says.
Some of the items that volunteers are seeking:
- Snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
- Pasta (spaghetti and fettuccini, ┐but we aren┐t picky,┐ Frasher says)
- White rice
- Frozen meats (without bones)
- Canned pasta sauce (cannot contain fish or peanuts)
- Canned or frozen vegetables
- Non-alcoholic drinks
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Drink powders
- Cash donations are always appreciated
(Photo: Students decorate Seaside Amusement, the Cal Poy Universities' entry in the 2009 Rose Parade.)