Annual SAAC Canned Food Drive Begins Today

Annual SAAC Canned Food Drive Begins Today

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran ·

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) kicks off their annual canned food drive today in support of the Capital Athletic Conference's yearly Food Collection Challenge.

The CAC Challenge concept was initiated by the University of Mary Washington SAAC leadership in a challenge to the other conference members at the organization's Fall 2010 conference meeting. Each participating school can pick any 10-day period between October 1 and Thanksgiving Day to collect food for a local charity.

This year's 10-day period picked by St. Mary's SAAC falls between today, Friday, November, 11 and Sunday, November 20. The committee will be accepting food collections as well as monetary donations ($1 = one pound). Collection boxes can be found at the three entrances of the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center, near the package room at the Campus Center, and at the entrance of the library.

Another opportunity to help St. Mary's be the best in the CAC will be at next week's nine home basketball games and two home swim meets (Nov. 15, 18-20). Check out the men's and women's basketball schedules as well as the men's and women's swimming schedules at

Fans attending the basketball games next week will be admitted for FREE if they bring at least two (2) canned food items per person. In addition, the first 10 St. Mary's faculty, staff, or students with an SMCM ID card and two (2) cans of food will receive a FREE gray dri-fit Seahawk T-shirt.

During the past five years, the Seahawks have come together to raise over 3,300 pounds which has benefited the Food Pantry at St. Cecilia's Church in St. Mary's City. The Food Pantry provides, free of charge, groceries for people who live south of Hermanville Road in Lexington Park.

The Seahawks finished seventh in last year's CAC Challenge, besting Salisbury University (942 lbs.), Wesley College (600 lbs.), and Penn State Harrisburg (475 lbs.). Mary Washington led the way in 2015 with 8,278 pounds donated to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, a new school record for the Eagles.

So help us make the push to beat Mary Washington and the rest of the conference!!

St. Mary's Food Collection over the Years

  • 2011 – 630 pounds
  • 2012 – 836.2 pounds
  • 2013 – 558 pounds
  • 2014 – 200 pounds
  • 2015 – 1,120 pounds

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