Looks like we've challenged Nevada to see who can donate more canned food. Get this straight Bronco Nation, we must absolutely crush them in this as well as on the field. UNR shouldn't walk away from the City of Trees with any opportunities for a moral victory. More awesome info after the jump! (confession: always wanted to say that)
This is actually a REALLY cool drive, click on the title or go to hungerbowl.org to find out more information. You can even donate online there and there's a scoreboard showing online donations (Scoreboard autoomatically updates). Boise State donations go to the Idaho Foodbank, Nevada donations go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
So anyone anywhere can participate. I know we'll dominate UNR in donations at Bronco Stadium but that's not the number being reported here so I encourage anyone who won't be going to the game to click the Bronco logo above and make a donation. Word has it that Nevada is convinced they'll donate more than we will. Judging off of the amount of food we donated vs. dUI last year I'm concerned they might be right (we got hammered, but not in the dUI defnition of the term). More detail gleaned from the website are below, hope we'll do the Idaho Foodbank well and dominate UNR this weekend!!!
Hope you will join us for the 4th annual Hunger Bowl!
"Fans with Cans" is the theme for Hunger Bowl IV, the Boise State-University of Nevada football game on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bronco Stadium. This year’s annual food-and-funds drive, the first "bowl game" of the season, will take place at a time when emergency food supplies are in seriously short supply across the state.
All the fans who attend the game tailgating and festivities at Boise State University, are encouraged to bring canned food items and cash to benefit The Idaho Foodbank, The Salvation Army and the Boise Rescue Mission. Collection totes (large boxes on pallets) will be located at stadium entrances and other points around Bronco Stadium. Hunger Bowl volunteers will push shopping carts through the parking lots so it will be easy for tailgaters to make cash donations or drop off their non-perishable food items.
And for those fans, of either team, who don’t attend the game, new this year is a virtual food drive competition. Bronco and Wolf Pack fans anywhere can go to www.hungerbowl.org, click the virtual food drive link and then on their team’s logo to make a cash donation. This pre-game rivalry will be highlighted on the Hunger Bowl "scoreboard" leading up to the official game day. All Wolf Pack donations will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. All Boise State donations will be used for hunger relief in Idaho.
Nearly 235,000 Idahoans (1 in 6) struggle with food insecurity and hunger, including 95,000 (nearly 1 in 4) children. Unfortunately, at the same time, emergency food supplies are at all-time lows. The Idaho Foodbank had a 19% increase in food distribution last year and has seen distribution climb more than 90% in the past four years. The Salvation Army food pantry saw a 26% increase in single women, a 35% increase in seniors and a 16% increase in children just in the first six months of 2011.
The situation is so serious that 11 of the Treasure Valley’s largest hunger-relief organizations banded together this summer to ask the public for help to meet the record-breaking demand for food.
The goal for Hunger Bowl IV is to generate the food needed to continue to fight hunger locally and throughout the state.
Members of the Boise State football team helped the Idaho Foodbank kick off its 2010 holiday giving season by loading turkeys donated by Albertsons and Honeysuckle White at the store on ParkCenter. Players from top left, Dustin Kamper, Mike Tamburo, and Dane Turner helped load a truck with 200 turkeys.