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Wednesday November 14, 2012Gators to Participate in Strike Out Hunger Food Drive

Gainesville, Fla.

The University Athletic Association, Inc. is proud to announce its participation in the Alachua County Community-Wide Strike Out Hunger Food Drive. The food drive drop off locations will be available at four different Gator sporting events from November 16-20. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable items before each game to fill Holiday Food Boxes.


Last year, the drive collected over 67,000 pounds of non-perishable foods for local food banks and pantries and distributed over 560 Thanksgiving Baskets to needy families in the Alachua County area.  The overall goal for this year’s drive is 100,000 pounds.  Donations will benefit over 10 organizations such as the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and the Salvation Army that support families in need within Alachua County.


There will be opportunities for people to bring items before volleyball matches on Friday, November 16 and Sunday, November 18 (Gate 1 Drop Off Location). On Saturday before the football game against Jacksonville State, bins will be available at the Verizon Gator FanFest for people to drop off any donations. The last chance to bring donations will be Tuesday, November 20 before the men’s basketball game against Savannah State (Gate 1 Drop Off Location).


Here is the full schedule of events with the dates and times along with a list of items needed:


Volleyball vs. LSU

Friday, November 16 @ 7 p.m.

*Fans that bring two or more non-perishable items receive buy one, get one free general admission passes to Sunday’s match against South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.; donations will be accepted at Gate 1 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.


Football vs. Jacksonville State @ Verizon Gator FanFest

Saturday, November 17 @ 1 p.m.

*Fans can drop off non-perishable items at Verizon Gator FanFest located outside Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center starting at 10 a.m.; look for the Blue collection containers.


Volleyball vs. South Carolina

Sunday, November 18 @ 1:30 pm.

*Fans that bring two or more non-perishable items receive a buy one get one free general admission pass to the match; donations will be accepted at Gate 1 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.


Men’s Basketball vs. Savannah State

Tuesday, November 20 @ 7 p.m.

Fans can drop off their non-perishable items at all Gates of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center; look for the Blue collection containers.


Suggested Donations for Holiday Food Boxes

“Stove Top” Stuffing

chicken or vegetable broth

1 pound bag rice

can green beans or other vegetable

can fruit

can corn

can cream soup

can sweet potato

box instant potato

box macaroni & cheese

canned milk

can/jar/package gravy

can cranberry sauce

large juice or small package tea bags or 1 small package coffee

peanut butter


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