Team MSU Tackles Hunger with Food Drive

The community is encouraged to donate at collection sites from Nov 4 thru Nov 30.

Team MSU Tackles Hunger with Food Drive

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Nov 4, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. — This year, the seventh annual Help Tackle Hunger Food Drive will expand its support of the MSU Student Food Bank by pairing the usual fundraising and food collection with a celebration of the Food Bank’s 20th anniversary. The food drive takes place Friday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 30, and is made possible through the partnership of MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Before fans enter the stadium to cheer on the Spartans to a victory over Minnesota in the final home game of the 2013 season, we encourage all Spartans to team-up in support of our community’s effort to Help Tackle Hunger,” says Becky Dantonio, event chair and wife of MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio.

The MSU Student Food Bank is a founding member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, and was the first food bank run by students, for students, when it opened in 1993.

“The MSU Student Food Bank is a vital resource for students,” says Bill Kost, associate director of Retail Food Services. “The food bank is critical in distributing more than 50,000 pounds of food annually to more than 4,700 students.”

Monetary donations will be accepted at any of Sparty’s 20 locations on campus, the Spartan Spirit Shop at the MSU Union and the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Gift Shop. Monetary donations can also be made at concessions inside Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30. All monetary donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Donations of food and personal care items can be dropped off on campus at residence hall service centers, the MSU Union, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Spartan Village Community Center, University Village Community Center and designated academic buildings.

Donations can also be made off campus at all 11 MSU Federal Credit Union branches in the greater-Lansing area.

Community members are encouraged to bring items to the game on Saturday, Nov. 30 and to drop them off at clearly marked collection points near the Northwest and Southwest corners of Spartan Stadium

“Unfortunately, hunger does exist within the MSU community. The Help Take Hunger Food Drive provides Spartans with an opportunity to make a difference by helping to restock the shelves of our MSU Student Food Bank, said Vennie Gore, vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises at MSU. “I believe in the power of community and so whether on or off campus, I ask the entire Spartan and adjacent communities to join us in the fight to end hunger.”

For more information visit the Help Tackle Hunger Food Drive at www.fooddrive.msu.edu.