Staunton, VA—Throughout the fall, the Mary Baldwin University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) helped coordinate a canned food donation drive with the athletic teams to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB). This annual event called "Cans Across the Conference" is promoted through the entire USA South Athletic Conference as a friendly competition between schools, with the ultimate goal of helping those in need.
The Fighting Squirrels were able to collect the 6137 items for the food bank, breaking the previous record of 5835 set last year. Donations were solicited from friends, family, the MBU community, as well as the local community. Athletes spent their own time on various Saturdays and Sundays asking patrons of both Kroger and Food Lion to contribute to this cause.
A by-product of this successful campaign was simply informing people that a $1 donation provided 4 meals to the hungry through BRAFB. Twenty-five counties and cities up and down the Blue Ridge area benefit from the services provided by BRAFB. The food bank provides meals to over 100,000 area residents each month. With the money MBU collected, 6600 meals will be served.
SAAC Chair and senior softball player Alli Bascunan was pleasantly surprised with the results. "I'm so excited that for my last run with Cans Across the Conference, we were able to reach a new goal here at Mary Baldwin. I am proud of our athletic department and all of the hard work we have put in this semester."
The MBU SAAC would like to thank everyone who helped make this food drive a success, particularly Kroger, Food Lion, Staunton-Augusta YMCA, and local community members. Thank you!