FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Efforts from the Meredith College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will provide the Raleigh Rescue Mission with more than 1500 items of non-perishable food this holiday season. The Avenging Angels collected the items as part of the USA South SAAC's service initiative Cans Across the Conference, a competition among member schools to effect change in communities across the league's six-state footprint.
Since the program's inception in 2004, USA South student-athletes have donated more than 440,000 food items to local organizations around the southeast. This year's total donation surpassed 52,000 with the champion Averett Cougars collecting 17,300 items.
Meredith student-athletes used several creative methods of collecting food and money for this year's Cans. Members of the team went trick-or-treating for cans, placed flyers around campus to solicit donations from faculty, staff, and students, and collected items at several home athletic events during the fall sports season. A partnership with Chipotle on Crossroads Boulevard in Cary raised more than $300 towards the purchase of food items, and most recently SAAC hosted a Meredith Cornhole Tournament. Eleven pairs donated $20 to compete for prizes and bragging rights with all proceeds going towards the purchase of food.
The next service project will begin in January, so be on the lookout for more ways to contribute and get involved. Pennies for a Purpose began in 2008 as a spring semester service competition for USA South members with more than $58,000 collected over 10 years.