Nicholls Fights Food Insecurity with Ninth Annual Nicholls CAN

THIBODAUX, La. — Today, the Nicholls State University community has begun collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks. 

The annual food drive, Nicholls CAN, is a campus-wide movement that will continue through Nov. 15.

In Louisiana, more than 783,000 people, including more than 258,000 children, struggle with hunger, according to a 2018 study by Loyola University. One in six children live in households without consistent access to food. 

Michael Williams, associate professor of art and coordinator of the food drive, said the goal is to surpass the previous year. Last year, the food drive collected and donated 20,492 items of food, the second-highest ever collected. 

Since 2012, Nicholls Can has collected and donated more than 106,000 items.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Nicholls Student Government Association will sponsor a Can Wars competition, where student organizations can create art using cans. The most creative and the most school spirit designs will each be awarded a $250 prize. 

For information on how you can donate, contact Williams at


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