Nov. 22, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - As part of the Conference USA initiative to unite all member institutions through conference-wide community outreach, the Southern Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) participated in the "SAAC Hunger Week" across the campus and Hattiesburg community to fight hunger.
The event, lasting from Nov. 12-18, was a collaboration of the SAAC and OCSL and is part of a larger, nationwide initiative during the holiday season.
"We can always depend on our student-athletes to compete," said Lauren Hillman, Academic Counselor for Student-Athlete Development. "We are proud of the participation we had among our varsity athletic teams. Not only did the student-athletes donate personally and collect cans, but they also assisted with the separating, weighing and packing of the canned goods that were distributed. We are proud of those student-athletes who volunteer their time to give back to those in need, right here in the Hattiesburg community."
In all, the program raised 8,469 lbs., of canned food to be distributed by local food banks in the Hattiesburg area.