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MT to participate in C-USA Canned Food Drive Challenge

Drive begins Nov. 8

October 29, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, TN - The Middle Tennessee Student Activity Advisory Committee (SAAC) is proud to announce that they will be participating in the Conference USA Food Drive Challenge. Starting on Friday, November 8th, the SAAC will begin taking donations of select food items during designated athletic events.

The SAAC will collect contributions through Sunday, November 10th. The food collected will be donated to the MT Student Food Pantry. For those unable to attend the designated games, food can be dropped off at the Student Athlete Enhancement Center (SAEC) on Friday, November 8th. The donations contributed will aid MT in placing in the Conference USA Food Drive Challenge.

Participants can drop food donations off at the Friday, November 8th women's volleyball game, the Friday, November 8th women's basketball game, the Saturday November 9th football game, the Sunday November 10th volleyball game, and the Sunday November 10th men's basketball game. For specific locations of these games, please visit goblueraiders.com.

Food items eligible for donation include canned fruit and vegetables, canned, boxed, and bottled juices, canned tuna, pop-tarts, raisins, canned or dried beans, fruit cups, soups, canned chili, canned meats, snack packs/pouches, granola bars, rice, nuts, pudding, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, crackers, macaroni and cheese, pasta mixes, muffins, and popcorn.

"Studies have shown that when students are hungry and malnourished, they underperform in the classroom environment. We are glad that Middle Tennessee students saw fit to establish the food pantry last fall. This is a place where any MT student can come get food. We want our students to perform to the best of their ability, and organizations such as the food pantry can help them to do just that," said Todd Wyant, Director of the Student Athlete Enhancement Center.

Since its opening, the MT Student Food Pantry has collected over 6,891 pounds of food and 338 students have benefited from its presence on campus. To learn more about the Student Food Pantry, please contact Becca Seul at 615.494.8910.

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