ALBANY, N.Y.– In an effort to replenish post-holiday food supplies at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Siena Athletics will host a food collection drive during the Siena men’s basketball game against Fairfield on Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.
Basketball fans are encouraged to bring donations of canned or non-perishable food items to the game, such as canned vegetables, tuna, soups, pasta, and rice. Collection bins will be situated at all entrances to the arena. Fans who make a donation will receive a voucher to save 10% on their total purchase at the Dog House – the Official Siena Athletics Store located above Section 119.
Representatives from the Regional Food Bank will be stationed inside the main concourse of the arena to accept donations and sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a variety of exclusive Siena merchandise and prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Food Bank’s efforts in 2016.
“While many Capital Region residents have opened their wallets to donate generously to the Regional Food Bank this holiday season, we traditionally see food donations decrease quite significantly after the holidays,” said Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “This effort by Siena Athletics will help us to replenish our supply and enable us to provide for families in the New Year.”
“We hope the community will turn out in great numbers to help support this worthwhile cause,” said Siena College Director of Athletics John D’Argenio. “We are thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.”
The food drive will be held when the men’s basketball team takes on Fairfield on Thursday, January 7 at the Times Union Center. Game tickets can be purchased through www.SienaSaints.com, by phone at 1-800-30-EVENT, or in person at the Times Union Center Box Office.
The Regional Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that collects donated food from the food industry and distributes it to 1,000 charitable agencies feeding the hungry in 23 counties of northeastern New York. The food provided by the food bank helps to feed more than 40,000 people each week. In 2015, the organization distributed 34 million pounds of food to the hungry.
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