Nov. 19, 2010
2010 Red and White Hunger Fight | Complete Release
MADISON, Wis. -- The Red and White Hunger Fight, a UW-Madison campus-wide food drive, wrapped up its third initiative Nov. 17 with the Bring in Goods (BIG) day. In its third year, the food drive, started by Wisconsin women’s soccer player Michele Dalton, collected over 6,600 pounds of food Oct. 1-Nov. 15.
“I think it’s really cool how generous the Madison community was this year,” Dalton said. “We collected 4,500 pounds last year and with only a few more athletic teams contributing this year, we were able to collect 6,600 pounds. It just goes to show how giving the people of Madison are to their community.”
In its three years, The Red and White Hunger Fight has collected over 6.5 tons of food and over $3,500.
Since 2008, the food drive has provided Thanksgiving meals to over 500 families in the Madison area.
“It’s a great testament to the food drive and the amount of work and effort that has gone into the planning of it since our first year in 2008,” Dalton said.
On Wednesday, during the Bring in Goods Day, over 150 volunteers, including several UW student-athletes, helped sort and organize the 6,600 pounds of food collected this year.
Members from the women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s swimming and diving, women’s and men’s crew, women’s and men’s track and field, women’s and men’s golf, women’s and men’s hockey, women’s and men’s tennis, women’s and men’s cross country, volleyball, wrestling and softball teams were all involved in this year’s event.
“I was really happy with the turnout. I think the athletic department was well represented,” Dalton said. “There was a ton of athletes at the BIG day. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Athletes are always trying to look for ways to participate in community service opportunities but maybe don’t always have the time or the resources to do so.
“I think the BIG day was good because it was a one-time event that gave athletes the opportunity to fit community service work into their schedules. All athletes want to give back especially around the holidays.”
The Army ROTC collected 1,095 pounds of food, the most of any UW student organization and was awarded tickets to the Wisconsin men’s basketball game on Dec. 1 against North Carolina State. The group was also presented with the opportunity to participate in an on-court recognition ceremony during the game.
Dalton has one more year of eligibility left at Wisconsin and will continue the food drive throughout her final year at UW. However, next year, in order to ensure that the “Red and White Hunger Fight” lives on, she is pairing up with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in hopes that the SAAC can continue to feed those in need after she graduates from the UW.
“Moving forward, we are always going to set higher expectations to collect more food and money to help more people in the Madison and surrounding community,” Dalton said.