Help UF kick off Canned Goods Challenge

The University of Florida will kick off The Inaugural Gators Canned Goods Challenge for Kids at the first home football game on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is sponsoring the season-long canned food drive to benefit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville.

Fans are encouraged to bring as many canned goods as possible to every home game. The drop off location is the Alltel Wireless FanFest located outside of Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, which opens three hours prior to kickoff.

Florida’s goal is to break the world record for most food collected in a single day to help hungry children in the community. Collections will be distributed to over 150 local organizations. SAAC representatives will be present at every game to help with the collection process.

Each home game the Gators will announce how many pounds of food were collected the game before and the total weight to date.

The Southeastern Conference will hold the second SEC Together we CAN Drive the week of Sept. 19-28, coinciding with the Gators’ home game against Mississippi on Sept. 27.  Every SEC school will participate in the league-wide food and donation drive to support food banks in the schools’ local area.  Last year, the Together we CAN Drive raised over 40,000 pounds of food and donations which benefitted local food banks and shelters.

The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank encourages people to bring canned fruits, vegetables and meats. Please do not donate glass containers.