MILWAUKEE -- The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Alverno College collected 13,235 items and donations for Cans Across the Conference, the annual Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference food drive.
Alverno collected the most items in the community service competition amongst the 12 institutions in the NACC for the seventh straight year while surpassing the 10,000-mark for the sixth time.
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Alverno SAAC 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.
The Alverno community gave a lot and Food Services, Inc. (FSI), the College's food service team, matched dollar for dollar.
All items and monetary donations collected by the Alverno SAAC were contributed to a number of food pantries in the Milwaukee area, most notably the Hunger Task Force.
Cans, other nonperishable items and toiletries were counted, and monetary donations were also accepted, with one dollar equaling two items in the spirited competition.
The conference total for the 2016 Cans Across the Conference was 43,738, the third most all-time, led by a trio of schools who collected more than 10,000 items each.
To date, the NACC has collected and donated over 344,000 items in the conference's 11-year history.