Student-Athlete Driven #AEFoodFrenzy Donates Over 7,500 Items to Local Pantries
BOSTON - America East's nine athletic departments continue to make a profound impact in their communities. For the second-straight year, the schools' America East Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) collected food items, which totaled over 7,500, and donated them to local food pantries as part of the Fall #AEFoodFrenzy.
The #AEFoodFrenzy is a conference-wide community service initiative designed to promote cohesion between America East’s member institutions while also providing significant donations to several charities in campus communities.
Each school hosted an #AEFoodFrenzy events in October where student-athletes brought goods collected on their respective campus and donated those to another America East campus' designated charity. In addition to the campus events, donations were accepted online via You Give Goods. In total, 7,647 items were collected and donated, more than three times last year's fall amount. A second #AEFoodFrenzy event will take place on each campus in the spring.
The #AEFoodFrenzy reflects the missions of both the America East SAAC and the conference at large. The America East Conference and all its members are dedicated to impacting, engaging and growing a community that reflects the values and convictions of the conference.
Benefitting Food Pantries
Albany –Regional Food Bank of Northeastern, NY
Binghamton – Bear Necessities Pantry
Hartford – Food Share of Bloomfield, CT
Maine – Black Bear Exchange
UMBC – Maryland Food Bank
UMass Lowell – UMass Lowell Navigators Food Pantry
New Hampshire – Cornucopia Food Pantry
Stony Brook – Stony Brook University On-Campus Food Pantry
Vermont – Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
Founded in 1979, the America East Conference consists of nine member institutions, sponsors championships in 17 sports and provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.