MILWAUKEE -- On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Alverno College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee helped stack and load boxes that included 280 turkeys weighing over 3,300 pounds donated to Hunger Task Force.
The Alverno SAAC led the charge of fundraising to help those in need during the Thanksgiving holiday.
"Everyday we sat outside of the Commons and students, faculty and staff could donate off of their meal plans any dollar amount that they'd like," SAAC President Sam Korn said. "It's really great that we can feed people in need."
The Alverno community gave a lot and Food Services, Inc., the College's food service team, matched dollar for dollar. In total, the donations have a potential to feed 1,960 people. In addition to the monetary donations used to purchase the turkeys, the campus community also donated non-perishable items and put them in bins all across the campus. That food was also donated to the Hunger Task Force.
Alverno is vying for the "Cans Across the Conference" title, a friendly food drive competition among the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference's 12 member institutions. The Inferno has won the service competition the past six years and looks for its seventh straight win this winter.
"Our goal is to win number seven because our student-athletes take great pride in winning this trophy," said Alverno Director of Athletics Jessica Ott. "But more importantly, helping families."
This year's food drive concludes Monday, Dec. 5.