Students in Caldwell University’s Sport Management Club have organized a food drive to run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 14, 2016 in hopes of assisting and filling the university’s Cougar Food Pantry. The “Cougars Can Dunk for Hunger” food drive will take place throughout the month with primary collection days before the Caldwell University Cougars home basketball games.
With the launch of the campus-based Cougar Food Pantry in March, the students wanted to use the beginning of the basketball season to increase awareness of the pantry while collecting food for those in need during the upcoming holiday season. “I am very proud of the selflessness of the Caldwell students who came to me and requested that we undertake this food drive,” said Club Advisor, Professor Neil Malvone.
The students will be collecting food before the Nov. 19 men’s basketball game and the men’s and women’s doubleheader on Nov. 22. Attendees that bring a food item will receive a one dollar discount off their admission to the games.
Club President Randi Stafford stated, “We wanted to incorporate the lessons we are learning in sport management with a charitable activity and felt a food drive during home basketball games was a perfect way to do this.” Students are asking for donations of any non-perishable foods. Donations of all canned goods, especially soup, ramen noodles, beef jerky, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, snack bars, and bags of rice, beans etc. are particularly needed, but all donations are appreciated with the hope of helping local families in need.
Donation boxes for the Cougar Food Pantry will be available at the Newman Center before the games and by room 248 in Visceglia Hall throughout the month.
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