Arizona State Basketball to Host Food Drive

Dec. 1, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University Athletics has teamed up with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance to help eliminate hunger.

The weekend of December 6th and 7th, the Sun Devil Women's Basketball Team will be hosting a food drive at the ASU Classic. Fans who donate a non-perishable food item before the women's games Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM and Sunday, December 7th at 2:30 PM will receive $3 general admission and a raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed team items or two tickets to a future Sun Devil Women's Basketball game!

St. Mary's Food Bank will also accept donations prior to the Men's Basketball game Sunday, December 7th at 12:00 PM, when the Sun Devils host Nebraska. All fans who attend the men's game are encouraged to stay for the women's game vs. Hawaii/NAU, FREE of charge.

Food donations will be accepted at the East and West entrances of Wells Fargo Arena upon arrival to the Sun Devil events.

Your participation in these events is greatly appreciated by all in the Arizona community. Currently, 686,378 Arizonans are considered food insecure and more than 800,000 Arizonans live at or below the poverty line, including 314,658 children. This means that 1 in 7 Arizona residents and 1 in 5 Arizona children live in poverty. In 2007-2008, the Food Bank distributed 43.4 million pounds of food to families and individuals.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 675 sites that serve the hungry. Serving 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. For more information on St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, visit or call 602-352-3640.

For questions or more information on the Sun Devil Food Drive, please contact Jamie Acks at or 480-965-5941.

Sun Devil Food Drive Events

Women's BasketballSaturday, December 6, 2008 vs. UC Irvine at 2:00 PMSunday, December 7, 2008 vs. Hawaii or NAU at 2:30 PM*Donate & receive $3 General Admission and a raffle ticket to win an autographed item

Men's BasketballSunday, December 7, 2008 vs. Nebraska at 12:00 PM

Suggested food items to donate (must be non-perishable):

• Peanut butter• Tuna• Canned vegetables/fruit• Rice• Pasta• Beans• No glass containers