Nov. 19, 2009
Madison, Wis. - UW Student-athletes and members of numerous campus student organizations gathered Monday, Nov. 9, in the Phillips Lounge of Ogg Hall to take part in the Bring In Goods (BIG) day of the Red and White Hunger Fight.
The BIG event was the main day of the month-long campus food drive which was started last year by then-sophomore soccer student-athlete, Michelle Dalton. For the second year in a row, the volunteers helped sort and box over 4,500 pounds of donated food that will be distributed to families in need this Thanksgiving.
The donated items came from members of the community as well as from collections by student organizations and athletic teams. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others (SAESO) helped organize the collections.
From early October through early November, a box was placed in each teams' locker room and filled with donated goods. To encourage participation, a contest was held to see which team could collect the most food. The Women's soccer team collected the most by far, bringing in about 1,500 pounds of food. All the food was collected and was combined with the other donated goods on Nov. 9. Over 100 students and volunteers helped ready the items for distribution.
In 2008, the program's debut year, The Red and White Hunger Fight collected more than four tons of food and more than $2000. Even though this only marked the second year of the event, it had a very large impact and seems it will get bigger in years to come.
By: Valyncia Raphael, UW Student-Athlete