York, Pa. - The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) at Capital Athletic Conference member schools combined to collect over nine tons of food for a variety of food collection agencies and charities throughout the Middle Atlantic Region prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
The total amount collected in food donations and cash totaled 18,393 (one dollar equals one pound).
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. As a part of the challenge, each participating school can pick any 10-day period between Oct. 1 and Thanksgiving Day to collect food for a local charity.
Christopher Newport led the way this year with 8,216 pounds donated to the Virginia-Peninsula Food Bank. The CNU SAAC broke its food drive record for the fourth-straight year. The Captains collected 7,940 pounds in 2015, 7,610 pounds in 2014 and 7,440 in 2013, CNU's first year of membership in the CAC.
Mary Washington collected 3,285 pounds of food and $1,187.67 in monetary contributions for a total of 4,472.67 pounds donated to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The UMW SAAC volunteered outside of both UMW dining hall and Giant from Nov. 2-11 collecting food and cash donations.
The Salisbury SAAC collected over 1,300 pounds of food for the local "Joseph House" charity organization, run by the local Catholic Church. The food is then distributed to local needy families.
Marymount's SAAC and its athletic teams joined forced to collect 996 pounds of food. The baseball team contributed the largest total for the third-straight year, 664 pounds. The food was donated to Martha's Table, a local charity in Washington, D.C.
Frostburg State's SAAC collected 994.19 pounds of food. The food drive was a competition between the athletic teams, with men's swimming contributing the most pounds of food donated with 149. Coordinated with the food drive was a Thanksgiving Basket program for Sponsor-a-Family program, organized by the FSU Office of Civic Engagement which donates Thanksgiving baskets to local families. The FSU athletic teams donated 28 baskets to the program, and men's lacrosse led the way with four baskets.
York's SAAC donated 947 pounds of food to the York County Food Bank.
Southern Virginia had over 300 student-athletes participate in dropping off bagas at local homes and a pickup on Saturday, Oct. 29. The SVU SAAC collected 850 cans of food that were donated to Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) for the local food bank that feeds Rockbridge County.
Penn State Harrisburg held a competition among varsity athletics teams, totaling 337 pounds of food. The food was donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The cross country/track & field team won the competition with a total of 183 pounds.
Wesley will be completing its canned food drive following the Thanksgiving break.