October 28, 2016

Nov. 5 drive to benefit Saluki Food Pantry

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Saluki Food Pantry will be the beneficiary of a food drive at the Nov. 5 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Saluki football game.

There’s a twist to this food drive, which is designed to help SIU “Take a Bite Out of Hunger.” Anyone who brings a minimum of five non-perishable food items or five toiletries, or donates at least $5, receives a ticket for a special drawing that will take place at the game. The winner of that drawing will receive a Saluki-Banterra gift basket that includes four club-level tickets for the Nov. 19 SIU football game against Western Illinois.

Food donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the entrance to Saluki Row. Look for the National Guard vehicle.

The day of SIU’s Nov. 5 “Take a Bite Out of Hunger Food Drive,” the Salukis take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes at 2 p.m.

All food items and cash donations go to the Saluki Food Pantry, located in the lower level of the SIU Student Center. Students currently enrolled at SIU can visit the pantry once a month to get food items and essential toiletries to supplement their needs. The food pantry opened in August and more than 300 SIU students and their immediate family members have received valuable assistance there.

Find more information about the Saluki Food Pantry, its schedule of operation, and information about making online monetary donations at www.studentcenter.siu.edu/foodpantry