Inferno winner of Cans Across the Conference

Inferno winner of Cans Across the Conference

MILWAUKEE, Wis.--Alverno College participated in the 12th annual of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference's "Cans Across the Conference" food drive collecting the equivalent of 18,787 canned food items.

This marks the eighth straight year that Alverno College has retained the traveling conference trophy. The members of Student Athlete Advisory Committee partnered with A'viands to donate 400 turkeys and non-perishable items to Hunger Task Force. 

The 400 turkeys will feed approximately 7,300 people. In addition A'viands , Alverno College's dining service provider, matched every dollar donated and helped purchased the turkeys. This marks the eighth year A'viands has matched funds and made a donation. 

"Our Student Athlete Advisory Committee has done a tremendous job organizing this food drive. To win Cans Across the Conference for the eighth straight year is a tribute to their commitment to community service," said Jessica Ott, Director of Athletics. 


Courtesy of the NACC

The 12th running of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference's "Cans Across the Conference" collected a record 55,188 items.

The 2017 year marks the first time the NACC has eclipsed the 50,000 mark after the league surpassed 40,000 items the previous five years.

Alverno College topped this year's standings with 18,787, the eighth straight year the Inferno will retain the traveling trophy. Edgewood College collected 10,995 followed by Dominican University with 9,134 to round out the top three.

Since the conference's inception in 2006, the members of the NACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has organized "Cans Across the Conference", doing something together as a conference that helps in each institution's respective community.

SAAC annually organizes the canned food drive as a community service competition amongst the 12 institutions in the conference. Each campus SAAC collects cans and other non-perishable items at their school during October and November to benefit a local charity.

In addition to food items, one dollar donated equals two cans, and toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) are also counted.

2017 Standings

Institution Items Organization
Alverno 18,787 Hunger Task Force
Edgewood 10,995 St. Vincent DePaul / Blue Dot Food Pantry
Dominican 9,134 Thanksgiving Basket Program/Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Concordia Chicago 5,911 Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Marian 5,035 Fond du Lac Food Pantry
Aurora 2,040 Libby's Place
Concordia Wisconsin 1,215 Family Sharing of Ozaukee
Rockford 637 Rock River Valley Food Pantry
NACC Office 400 Milwaukee Rescue Mission
MSOE 396 Riverwest Food Pantry
Benedictine 367 West Suburban Food Pantry
Wisconsin Lutheran 136 Hunger Task Force
Lakeland 135 Plymouth Food Pantry

NACC Total:


Total as of Monday, Dec. 4, 2017