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Southern Miss 'SAACs Out Hunger' in Annual Food Drive

University of Southern Mississippi Interim President Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas signs the decree declaring the food drive open while Southern Miss student-athletes Alan Howze (football) and Beth Dietrich (softball) look on.

Nov. 20, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) collaborated to "SAAC out Hunger Food Drive" on Nov. 10-17, as part of the Conference USA initiative to unite all member institutions through conference-wide community outreach. In total, the group collected 7,271 lbs., of food to donate to local food banks.

Working in collaboration with the student body, various student groups, faculty, alumni, and the community, the two organizations raised food supplies to be donated to the Edwards Street Mission and Christian Services.

"Hunger and Homelessness Week was an exciting week of activities and opportunities for the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg community to fight hunger in our area," said Michelle Harper, Life Skills Coordinator at Southern Miss. "We are proud that our student-athletes understand the importance of giving back to the community that so generously supports their athletic endeavors."

Golden Eagle student-athletes from all sports contributed by helping promote and publicize the event, collecting cans at various athletic events as well as grocery stores in town, sorting and weighing cans, and helping with the delivery of the canned goods to the respective locations.

Each of C-USA's member schools participates in the program each year. Last year, C-USA member schools combined to contribute over 60,000 lbs., of food to local food banks.

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