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Sonoma State athletes collecting food for needy

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | Posted by

This weekend, SSU athletes will be collecting canned food that will be donated to Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) in Rohnert Park.

Members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be accepting the food at sporting events held on campus.

“SAAC makes a commitment of excellence, not only to the student-athletes on campus, but also to the community,” said president Sara Studer. “The canned food drive is a great way for the students of SSU to prove that they care about the local community. We take pride in putting on the annual canned food drive and are happy to support local organizations like NOAH that do so much for our community.”

This is the third year the food drive has been held at SSU and other California Collegiate Athletic Association schools.

Fans that bring canned items to a Seawolves’ basketball or water polo game this weekend will be admitted for the youth price ($2). Donations will also be accepted at this weekend’s baseball and tennis contests where no admission is charged.

Last year, Sonoma State finished fourth among all CCAA schools in cans collected with 400. This year, the goal is 500. In 2012, CCAA schools donated 3,500 cans to local shelters, an increase of more than 1,100 from the previous year.

NOAH was founded in 2005 to supply food to families in Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove. It’s now one of the largest food pantries in Sonoma County, last year distributing nearly 250,000 pounds of food

Sonoma State weekend athletic events:

Friday: Women’s tennis ( 1 p.m.) water polo (3:30 p.m.), women’s basketball (5:30 p.m.) and men’s basketball (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday: Baseball (11 a.m.), women’s basketball (5:30 p.m.) and men’s basketball (7:30 p.m.).

 

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