In November 2011, the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (ChEGSA) organized a charity event to benefit the local Ithaca community. The 3rd Annual CBE Holiday Food Drive was once again designed as a research group competition, where graduate students and postdoctoral researchers gathered recommended items - non-perishable food, diapers, and personal hygiene products - in teams.
On collection day, donations were amassed and sorted. Non-perishable foods were delivered to the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard run by the Salvation Army and personal hygiene items and diapers were collected by Catholic Charities for distribution. This year's donations included 30 boxes and 35 packs of diapers, and over 500 cans of soup.