Athletics News

Tigers Fight Against Hunger Revs Up


Nov. 1, 2012

With the University of Memphis currently active in a competition with Ole Miss and Mississippi State, who have joined forces with Kroger for an inaugural initiative - "The Million Meals Challenge" - the battle to fight hunger heats up on the University of Memphis campus during the coming week.

In conjunction with a wide range of athletic events, the University of Memphis' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be holding its annual food drive as part of Conference USA's "Let's SAAC Hunger" initiative. All of the food collected through the "Let's SAAC Hunger" campaign will be donated to "The Million Meals Challenge" which will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank as well as the Mississippi Food Network.

Members of SAAC, other student-athletes and student organizations will be collecting non-perishable food items at several events. While it is not a part of the "Let's SAAC Hunger" campaign, fans can donate a canned food item for free admittance into the men's soccer match against conference rival SMU Friday night. The 7 p.m. game will be televised by Fox Soccer.

The "Let's SAAC Hunger" campaign then gets underway next week with collection points at three events - Sunday's final regular season volleyball match when the Tigers play host to East Carolina, the Nov. 9 women's basketball game against Grambling State and the Nov. 10 football game against Tulane.

Sunday's volleyball match is slated for 1 p.m. while Tiger Basketball's Women's NIT game against Grambling is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. Both events will be played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

At the Nov. 10 football game against Tulane, collection bins will be located at Gates 1-5 before bag check and ticket taking. Kickoff for the game is slated for 6 p.m. in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Fans donating online at themillionmealschallenge.com will be entered for a chance to win great prizes including sideline passes, autographed items, Kroger gift cards and a VIP College Basketball Championship Experience. Donations can also be made by texting "Hunger" to 66856.

Last year, the University of Memphis SAAC chapter donated 4,941 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank.

Mid-South Food Bank collects and distributes food to a network of more than 300 charitable feeding programs in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas. In 2011, Mid-South Food Bank distributed 10.3 million pounds of wholesome food and other grocery items to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, senior programs, rehabilitation and residential centers, daycares and schools. For more, visit midsouthfoodbank.org.

"I feel like this is a great opportunity for the University of Memphis to make a closing statement in Conference USA," said Jonathan Van Eaton, a member of the Memphis baseball team and president of SAAC at the University of Memphis. "With all the help in the community and our athletic department, along with all of the participation we had during the book drive - with special thanks to DeAngelo Williams - this can be another very successful event."

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