Texas A&M is the home of the largest student-athlete run canned food drive in the nation with over 200 student-athletes participating last year and the 2014 Aggies CAN food drive is set to begin later this week.
Directed by the Aggie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), over 200 student-athletes helped last year in raising more than $30,000 in cash and more than 12,000 pounds of canned goods that were donated to the Brazos Valley Food Bank in 2013. In an effort to make an even greater impact, SAAC has partnered with Whataburger, The Bryan-College Station Eagle and KAGS-TV for the 2014 campaign.
“We’re proud to partner with the Texas A&M Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for such a worthy cause,” Whataburger Field Marketing Coordinator Mary Reedy said. “The Brazos Valley Food Bank is an integral part of our community and we’re happy to do what we can to contribute to this important campaign.”
SAAC and Aggie student-athletes will wear lime green shirts throughout the next week at various athletics events and will be happy to accept monetary donations or canned good items at each event.
The kickoff to the week begins on Sunday, Oct. 26 as the volleyball team hosts the University of Kentucky at Reed Arena with first serve set for 11 a.m. Later that day soccer hosts South Carolina at 4 p.m. at Ellis Field and then on Thursday, Oct. 30 the soccer team hosts the University of Georgia at 7 p.m. The week will wrap up with an 11 a.m. kickoff at Kyle Field on Saturday, Nov. 1 as the Aggie football team hosts Louisiana Monroe.
Fans who bring two canned goods to the soccer or volleyball matches will receive free admission and a coupon courtesy of Whataburger.
In addition, the first 15,000 fans who give either a monetary donation of at least $1 or donate two canned good items at the football game will receive a coupon good for a free Whataburger.