Dec. 20, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Friday is the final day of Purdue women's basketball's 2012 Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive benefitting the Food Finders Backpack Program. The project wraps up with a very special event for area school children at the women's basketball game Dec. 21 against IUPUI in Mackey Arena.
Over 3,200 group tickets have been sold to regional schools, as part of the elementary school field trip promotion. The women's basketball team is putting on an educational program in Lambert Fieldhouse prior to the noon tipoff against the Jaguars. Each student in attendance will receive a learning packet that provides information about nutrition, mathematics through statistics and opportunities to write. Members of the Purdue women's basketball staff and a representative from the Purdue Nutritional Society will address the group and Nabisco has donated snacks.
It is the second year for elementary school day and participation has more than doubled. Last year over 1,500 students attended.
Donations for the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive will be taken through halftime of Friday's contest. Drop-off boxes decorated by the women's basketball players are at each gate of Mackey Arena and members of the BOILERmaker NETwork will be on hand to help coordinate the donations.
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 a representative 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 this year 4,942 boxes have been collected so far, thanks in large part to a donation by General Mills of 360 cases of cereal.
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.