Men's Hoops Adds Exhibition Game To Benefit Western Mass Food Bank
Oct. 26, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. -- Head coach Derek Kellogg and the UMass basketball program have teamed up with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for an exciting night on Thursday, Nov. 4. The Minutemen has added an exhibition game against Brandeis University at the Mullins Center, tipping at 7 p.m. To gain admission to the game, fans must bring two cans of non-perishable food or a meal to be donated to The Food Bank. All seating will be general admission for your first chance to the see the 2010-11 Minutemen.
"For us to give back to The Food Bank is extra special to me," said Kellogg. "We are doing our part for the Pioneer Valley, my home, with this game to benefit The Food Bank. We are asking our fans to take part in the drive, by having them donate foods to help those that are less fortunate than we are. Plus, they get their first glimpse of the 2010-11 Minuteman, who have been working extra hard heading into the season. I hope to pack the Mullins Center for this wonderful event."
This relationship that is one that benefits all parties in Western Mass.
"We are so fortunate that UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and his team have chosen to run a food drive in connection with their basketball game next Thursday," said Megan Pete, Director of Development and Marketing for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. "UMass staff and students are part of our community, where one in every eight people faces hunger on any given day. We are very grateful for the association and the food donated will go to benefit those families and indivdiuals throughout western Massachusetts."
The Food Bank's mission is to work with our community to reduce hunger and increase food security in Western Massachusetts.
In 2009, The Food Bank distributed 7.6 million pounds of food to frontline food providers. This is the equivalent of about 6 million meals for more than 108,000 people in Western MA.
As a food bank, they respond to immediate and emergency hunger through our core food distribu- tion programs. The food donations originate from many sources (government commodities from the USDA and MA Emergency Food Assistance Program, industry donations, and produce from our own and other local farms). We distribute this food to more than 400 local food pantries, meal sites, shelters, residential programs, and youth and elder care centers to bring approximately 6 million meals to more than 108,000 people experiencing or at risk of hunger across Western Massachusetts. At the same time, we are addressing the underlying causes of hunger through a community-based approach to increasing access to affordable, nutritious foods.
Since 1982, The Food Bank has been working to prevent hunger in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties. The Food Bank was founded by a group of representatives from local human service agencies, faith institutions, farmers, and concerned residents. We now include a Brown Bag: Food for Elders program, food distribution to hundreds of independent feeding agencies, and community-based initiatives that support access to affordable and nutritious foods for all residents.
Through the emergency food network, The Food Bank provides food to 15,000 of people every week. More than 35% of those served are children, and more than 8% are senior citizens. 33% of households needing emergency food have at least one working adult. Nearly half must make tough choices between paying for food and paying for utilities, heating fuel, rent, mortgage or medical care, because they don't have enough money to meet all these to people in need basic needs.
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