Nov. 20, 2012
• Red and White Hunger Fight
MADISON, Wis. -- At Tuesday's Wisconsin men’s basketball game against Presbyterian, an impressive figure will be announced at halftime: 3,611.
That’s how many families will be fed this holiday season thanks to the efforts of UW student-athletes and the Red and White Hunger Fight.
The Red and White Hunger Fight is a campus-wide food drive benefiting the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. The UW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) spearheaded the effort in collaboration with The Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Community Action Coalition and UW Homecoming Committee.
Women’s track team member and SAAC Vice President Carrie Edmunds led the student-athletes in planning and organizing the event with the help of men’s golfer Chris Meyer, SAAC Co-Vice President. For Edmunds, taking a leadership role in planning the campus-wide food drive was an easy decision.
“Community outreach is very important to me,” Edmunds said. “By participating in this event, I’m able to help families have a nice meal, which everyone deserves during the holidays.”
She was not alone in her eagerness to give back. All 23 UW varsity teams participated in the drive. Many of the UW teams “tagged and bagged” local neighborhoods, dropping off bags on local doorsteps to collect food and returning a week later to collect them.
“The student-athletes have rallied around the event and really have been the wheels for success behind the program,” said Edmunds.
Steeped in competitive tradition, teams competed against each other for what team could collect the most food. UW Wrestling won the contest, collecting 500 pounds of food. UW volleyball and women’s track tied for second, each collecting 465 pounds.
“Its a way for us athletes to give back to the community and to show our appreciation to Madison for accepting and supporting UW athletics,” said Edmunds.
Several campus partners and student-organizations joined the student-athletes in their efforts by hosting barrels throughout campus and collecting food from their members. The Morgridge Center for Public Service collected the most food of any campus entity and won the grand prize -- recognition at the UW men’s basketball game along with that impressive figure.
The Red and White Hunger Fight was started by former UW women’s soccer player Michelle Dalton in 2008. Since its debut, the “Fight” has collected more than 11 tons of food and over $4,443. These donations have provided Thanksgiving meals to over 18,333 families in the Madison area.