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Tiger Student-Athletes Collecting Non-Perishable Food Items for C-USA Changing Lives Competition

SAAC collected over 5,500 pound of food for the Mid-South Food Bank last year and hopes to pass that total this year.
SAAC collected over 5,500 pound of food for the Mid-South Food Bank last year and hopes to pass that total this year.

Nov. 6, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - For the second straight season, the University of Memphis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) & the CHAMPS/Life Skills program will be participating in the C-USA Changing Lives Competition to see which team can collect the most non-perishable and non-breakable food item donations for their local food pantries.

Last year, the Tigers donated 5,539 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank as part of the 2008 C-USA SAAC Cup event in December, finishing third in the league behind Tulsa (8,381.52 pounds) and Rice (5,623 pounds).

All foodstuff collected during the November 8th-14th week at the following Tiger sporting events (men's basketball vs. Christian Brothers, men's and women's basketball at FedExForum on the 13th and at football vs. UAB on the 14th) will benefit food banks here in Memphis, giving each athletic department an opportunity to benefit their respective local communities.

In all, Conference USA collected more than 15 tons of food totaling 31,331.32 pounds last year, the equivalent of more than 25,000 meals.

The Mid-South Food Bank manages a warehouse distribution center for various programs, including a kids' café program that provides food for kids in a restaurant-like atmosphere in their neighborhoods, and food for kids backpack programs, which allows children to go home with a backpack filled for nutritional food for the weekends. The Mid-South Food Bank serves nearly 300 charitable feeding programs in 31 Mid-South counties and is a member of Feeding America and the Safety Net Collaborative. The most needed items include canned meats (including tuna, stews, chicken, and soups), peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and 100% fruit juice and any non-perishable item that does not come in a glass container.

Tiger student-athletes will help fans drop off goods at the main entrance at FedExForum and at Gates 1, 3 and 4 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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