Team MSU Tackles Hunger with 6th Annual Food Drive
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU’s Division of Residence Education and Hospitality Services and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Help Tackle Hunger Food Drive from Monday, November 5 through game day, Saturday, November 17 when MSU takes on Northwestern.
“Over the past five years, the annual food drive has resulted in an outpouring of community support, and we need to continue that momentum this year,” said Becky Dantonio, event chair and wife of MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. “We encourage our fans to come to Spartan Stadium for the home finale against Northwestern to cheer on our team and to help our local community tackle hunger.”
Donations are sought for the MSU Student Food Bank and the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The greatest need exists for non-perishable goods such as beans, canned goods, boxed meals, pasta, peanut butter, rice and instant potatoes. Donations collected prior to game day will be given to the MSU Student Food Bank. Game day collections will go to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Donations of food and personal care items can be dropped off at residence hall service centers, the MSU Union, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Spartan Village Community Center, University Village Community Center, designated academic buildings, IM East and West, and the Recycling Center drop-off area. The on-campus Food for Fitness program allows for a free day of access to either IM East or West in exchange for two to three donated items. Visit www.fooddrive.msu.edu for a complete list of suggested donation items and campus collection points. You can also bring items to the final home game of the football season on Saturday, November 17 and drop them off at clearly marked collection points around Spartan Stadium, at Commuter Lot 89 or near Munn Arena. Donations can also be made off campus throughout the collection period at all MSU Federal Credit Union branches in the greater-Lansing area.
Monetary donations are also being accepted and can be made at any of Sparty’s 20 locations on campus, the new Sparty’s Express and Spartan Spirit Shop at the MSU Union, and the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Gift Shop. Monetary donations can be made at all concessions stands at the stadium on game day, Saturday, November 17.
“Food bank shelves are at critically low levels and this is an opportunity for Spartans to make a huge difference,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for the Division of Residence Education and Housing Services. “Whether on or off campus, we ask the entire Spartan and adjacent communities to join us in replenishing the food banks’ inventories.”