Pittsburg - Recognizing that childhood hunger can be as much of a problem in their own community, as it is throughout the United States, the Pittsburg State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be holding the Gorillas SAAC Hunger Food Drive October 1-11. Fans can participate in the food drive by bringing donations to the Weede building, the Overman Student Center or Hughes Hall on campus or the Homecoming football game on October 5 or the volleyball match on October 10.
According to the USDA, over 16 million children across the United State lived in food insecure households in 2010. These are households that are uncertain is they are able to have or acquire enough food to meet the basic needs of all family members. For school age children, the meals they get at school are their main scource of nutrition. Saturdays and Sundays can be some of the longest days of the week as they don't have the same resources that are available to them at school. being hungry can then in turn affect a child's ability to learn.
To combat this problem, the Feeding America Organization started the BackPack Program, using area food banks to provide bags of food that get distributed through schools to students that deal with hunger and food insecurity on a regular basis.
In line with this idea, PSU's SAAC will collect food items to be donated to Pittsburg's Westside Elementary School to use in a BackPack program and/or to be given to children that come to school hungry. This is the second year, the Gorillas have collected food items specifically for area children. Last year Pitt State student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans collected over 800 food items that were donated to Meadowlark Elementary. This year all items will go to Westside Elementary.
The group will be collecting health conscious non-perishable food items that take little to no preparation for young children
Specific items to be collected include:
Granola or cereal bars
Small individual sized boxes of cereal
Shelf stable milk
Jello or pudding cups
Pop top cans of ravioli, soup, franks & beans, etc.
Ready to eat tuna or chicken salad kits
There will be boxes for donations at the Weede, Overman Student Center and Hughes Hall From Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, October 11. There will also be tables set up outside both the east and west side gates of Carnie Smith Stadium beginning at noon on Saturday, October 5 and in the lobby the the Weede Athletic Building at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 to collect donations. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the games and will be used to purchase items from the above list. 100 perent of all donations will be given to Westside Elementary.