Nov. 9, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Wolf Pack Athletics is challenging its fans to donate 20,000 pounds of food to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada this fall as part of the Can the Broncos Food Drive sponsored by Nevada State Bank.
Fans can drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the Nevada State Bank locations in northern Nevada and at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada campus.
Wolf Pack student-athletes will also be collecting food at the Dec. 1 football game against the Boise State Broncos at Mackay Stadium.
The donations will be distributed by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada this holiday season.
"We are so grateful for the generous support that the Wolf Pack fans offer to our neighbors in need," said Jocelyn Lantrip, director of marketing for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. "It would be impossible for us to meet the needs of our community without these valuable partnerships. We thank Wolf Pack Athletics, the fans and Nevada State Bank for their support for this exciting yearly campaign."
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional food distribution and support system serving over 125 partner agencies in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides and supports programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafe (dinner program), Kids Cafe Summer Meals program, Food Stamp Outreach and much more.
One in five children in Nevada lives in a home where there is not enough food for three meals per day, and one in six people in Nevada needs to seek food assistance to make ends meet. Among clients who visit emergency food program sites, children are the most vulnerable to hunger; 46 percent of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18. Last year, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provided over four million meals to low income seniors, children and families.
This year's Can the Broncos Food Drive is part of Nevada Athletics' on-going partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada toward its goal of creating "One Hunger-Free Community, One Pack."
Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff have participated in volunteer activities with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada over the past two years, including packing food at the Food Bank, hosting a "Pack the Pack" Pay-it-Forward Party for the Backpack Kids program last September and holding food
drives at home games. Wolf Pack fans stepped up to help the Food Bank raise funds to provide over 112,000 meals and collect 5,456 pounds of food in December and January as part of the football team's participation in the 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
"We are thrilled to work with our friends at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and our corporate partner, Nevada State Bank, to provide much-needed support in our community this holiday season," Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. "We have long admired the tremendous work that the food bank has done in our community, and we hope our great Wolf Pack fans will once again rise to the challenge to help this great organization." "As Nevada's oldest and largest state-chartered bank, Nevada State Bank knows what it means to be a part of the community. We're excited to partner with the Pack and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in an effort to help those in need this holiday season. With the help of Wolf Pack fans around the area, Nevada State Bank is hoping to help reach and exceed the 20,000 pound challenge," said Sandi Milton, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Nevada State Bank. For more information about the Wolf Pack or the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, please visit www.NevadaWolfPack.com or www.fbnn.org.
Tickets are available for the Dec. 1 football game vs. Boise State by visiting at the Wolf Pack ticket office, calling (775) 348-PACK (7225) or going online at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.