For the third consecutive year, the Sonoma State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in an effort spearheaded by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and supported by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), will be collecting canned foods at all home contests from February 18 - 24. Members of SAAC will be on hand on to accept goods at basketball, water polo, tennis, and baseball games on behalf of NOAH, a local food pantry that benefits the communities of Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Penngrove.
"SAAC makes a commitment of excellence, not only to the student-athletes on campus, but also to the community," said 2012-13 Sonoma State SAAC president Sara Studer. "The canned food drive is a great way for the students of SSU to prove that they care about the local community. We take pride in putting on the annual canned food drive and are happy to support local organizations, like NOAH, that do so much for our community."
Fans that bring cans to a Sonoma State basketball or water polo game during the Canned Food Drive will get entry into the game for the youth price ($2). SAAC will also be accepting donations at this week's baseball and tennis contests.
Last year, Sonoma State finished fourth among all CCAA institutions in cans collected with an even 400. They hope to hit 500 this time around. As a whole, the CCAA donated over 3,500 cans to local shelters, an increase of over 1,100 cans from the year before.
NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) was founded in 2005 to supply food parcels to families in the Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove communities. It is now one of the largest food pantries in Sonoma County, last year distributing nearly 250,000 pounds of food.