York, Pa. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was one of four institutional SAAC groups to help the Capital Athletic Conference SAAC donate more than two tons of food for the second straight year to local food banks in time for the holiday season.
The concept was initiated on a challenge by the University of Mary Washington SAAC leadership to the other CAC members at the conference's Fall 2010 meeting. The net result last year was more than 4,200 pounds of food for various local food banks.
This year, four schools combined to collect more than 4,000 pounds, but the exact weight is unknown. Three schools - Mary Washington (2,694 lbs), St. Mary's (630 lbs.) and Frostburg State University (577) - combined to collect 3,901 pounds of food. Hood College also participated, collecting 175 non-perishable products, including both canned goods and boxes of cereal, which was estimated to be more than enough to push this year's total over 4,000 pounds.
St. Mary's donated 630 pounds of food as well as blankets and coats to St. Cecilia's Church Food Pantry in St. Mary's City, Maryland. Frostburg State collected 577 pounds of food for the Braddock House in western Maryland while Hood's donation was made to the Frederick (Md.) Soup Kitchen.
Mary Washington has conducted a November food drive to support a food bank in Fredericksburg, Va., for more than a decade. The entire university participates annually, creating competitions between residence halls, clubs, athletic department and others. Prior to joining forces for the campus-wide competition, the athletic teams competed internally for top honors within the department, earning the winning team a pizza party.
The Eagles collected 2,694 pounds of food in a five-day drive in early November. The baseball team by far outdistanced all the other teams at UMW, collecting 1,058.5 pounds of food. The women's lacrosse team (436 lbs.) edged the men's lacrosse team (415.5 lbs) for second place among the Eagles teams.
Other CAC member institutions have different community service projects running concurrently with the food drive, such as York College of Pennsylvania’s Christmas in the Community celebration, which has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors (NACDA) in two of the last three years.
Be sure to lend your support to St. Mary’s SAAC’s next initiative – a toy drive from November 28-December 9 to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the following locations: Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Welcome Desk, The Grind at the Campus Center, St. James Deli on Mattapany Road, and Cook’s on Route 5.