Nov. 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the second-straight year, the Purdue women's basketball team is doing its part to help alleviate childhood hunger in the greater Lafayette community by coordinating a food drive for donations of breakfast cereal to benefit the Food Finders Backpack Program.
Donations for the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive will be taken at all Purdue home games starting Nov. 10 vs. USC Upstate through the Dec. 21 contest against IUPUI. There are a total of five home games at which donations will be taken: Nov. 10 vs. USC Upstate, Nov. 19 vs. Bowling Green, Nov. 28 vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 2 vs. Central Michigan and Dec. 21 vs. IUPUI.
Drop-off boxes decorated by the women's basketball players will be placed at each gate of Mackey Arena and members of the BOILERmaker NETwork will be on hand to help coordinate the donations.
Fans also may drop cereal donations off at any of the three greater Lafayette Marsh supermarkets (N. Salisbury St., Teal Rd or State Rd 26). For details including other dropoff locatoins, please see the Boiler Crunch flier.
Preferred cereals include Cheerios, Kix, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat or granola, or generics of those types of cereal. In order for the boxes to fit in the backpacks, 14 to 24 ounce boxes are requested.
A presentation will be made to representatives of Food Finders at halftime of the Purdue women's basketball game against IUPUI on Dec. 21, which a noon tipoff as part of elementary school day. Last year, nearly 1,500 boxes of cereal were collected and the goal for this year's cereal drive is 3,000 boxes.
It also is the second year for elementary school day. Last year over 1,500 students participated in the event. This season, school groups totaling over 1,700 students already have signed up to attend the IUPUI game, and the women's basketball program has the goal of getting 3,500 students to take part in the special promotion.
For further information on tickets for school groups, please contact Charlie Coon, Purdue Ticket Sales and Service by emailing Charlie Coon or calling 765-494-3316.
An educational assembly for the school children will be held prior to the game in Lambert Fieldhouse and will include a presentation by the Purdue Nutritional Society as well as information from the Purdue women's basketball team and staff.
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp has served as the honorary chairperson for the Greater Lafayette Hunger Hike for the last four years and through that endeavor established a connection with Katy Bunder, the founder of the Back Pack program. The student-athletes wanted to find a way to help with the problem of childhood hunger in our community and the idea of the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive was born.
For more information on the Food Finders Backpack Program, please visit their website here.