The Siena Heights men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip off the 8th Annual Siena Heights Food Drive on Nov. 17. The Saints will play conference rival Aquinas College in an event billed as “A Hunger Game.” The women’s game begins at 1 p.m. with the men following at 3 p.m. Admission to the game will be free by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate.
“We are excited that these games provide an opportunity for the university and the Adrian community to come together in a collective effort to help end hunger,” said food drive founder and organizer Dr. Jeffrey Lindstrom, a SHU psychology faculty member. “And 100 percent of all donations go to the Daily Bread.”
Having a kick-off event for the drive, which will run from Nov. 26-30, is something he hopes will raise even greater awareness for the drive – and area hunger.
“The color orange, for hunger awareness, is our “adopted” spirit color for the games,” Lindstrom said. “People attending are encouraged to wear orange.”
The Siena Heights Food Drive has collected thousands of pounds of food over the years, and that amount has grown each year. In fact, Lindstrom said the drive is the largest community drive the Daily Bread receives. Last year, the drive raised an estimated $12,000-$15,000 worth of food that stocked the Daily Bread pantry for three or four months.
Those who cannot attend the Nov. 17 event can still make donations to the food drive. Cash donations are also welcome. During the drive dates collection boxes will be located throughout the Siena Heights campus. People can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.