At the stroke of noon Wednesday, UNO students went to work on building a tower out of food cans for the 17th annual Bell Tower Challenge.
Students formed teams and were judged on creativity, enthusiasm and number of cans that were stacked. One group participated as part of a class project and won for creativity with a unique theme.
“Five fruits and vegetables, four dairy, three glasses of water, two hours in front of a screen, one hour of activity and then it's go,” said student Kellie Johnson. “It's what they're promoting around Omaha to get people off the couch.”
In addition to all the cans collected, UNO raised $170 by giving tours of the clock tower for $5 with proceeds going to the Food Bank of the Heartland.
"It's awesome," said Johnson. "All the food that we donated today, it goes to the food pantry and feed a lot of homeless people and people that really need the food more than we do probably."