The “Help Tackle Hunger” food drive by Residential and Hospitality Services and MSU Athletics, held March 11 through April 13, realized record results this year with 1,452 pounds of food and $3,681 in monetary donations for the MSU Student Food Bank. The 2019 food drive marks the first time in five years that the combined efforts of community members have resulted in the collection of more than 1,000 pounds of food.
"The food drive culminated at the Green & White game after a month-long collection of monetary and food donations at select retail locations,” Associate Director of Retail Food Services William Kost said.
This year, in partnership with Michigan State Athletics, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan also supported the efforts with food collection at the entrances of Spartan Stadium during the game. Statewide agents were on-site to collect nonperishable food donations.
“Farm Bureau initiated a food collection at the Green & White game, which has not been activated for many years. The amount of food collected was significant,” added Kost.
Founded in 1993, the MSU Student Food Bank was the first in the nation to be operated by students, for students. It serves more than 6,000 students annually, many with families, distributing more than 110,000 pounds of food. The nonprofit, which operates year-round, is a critical line of defense for students and student families experiencing food insecurity.
Since 2010, the Help Tackle Hunger food drive has collected over 17,000 pounds of food and over $21,000 for the MSU Student Food Bank.