Generous giving still needed to fill food bank

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Only five days remain for Cougar fans to fill the more than 30,000 remaining stadium seats with food for families living below the poverty line in Utah.

The BYU Alumni Association set a goal of filling each of the 63,000 seats in the LaVell Edwards Stadium with 17 pounds of food for this year’s annual BYU vs. Utah rivalry food drive. As of Monday afternoon, Alumni Association adviser Curtis Isaak said the fundraiser had garnered enough donations to meet 53 percent of that goal.

Isaak said he wasn’t sure how that compared to last year’s progress, but added it does seem like donations have been coming in more slowly than last year.

“Overall, it has been a little more difficult [to get donations] this year,” Isaak said, “because we couldn’t attach the food drive to the rivalry game.”

But Isaak remained positive about BYU’s chances of meeting the Alumni Association’s goal.

“There are a lot of other groups that have been stepping up, so I’m confident we will be able to reach our goal,” he said.

In order to help bring in the remaining needed donations and meet the Alumni Association’s goal by the end of the week, donors are encouraged to attend a pre-game event this evening between 4 and 6:30 at the BYU Broadcasting Building east of the Marriott Center. In addition to contributing to the rivalry food drive, Cougar fans can also meet Cosmo, play games, enter drawings and even use BYU Broadcasting’s green screen technology to see themselves on the court. Those who donate while in attendance can exchange $3 or three cans of food for a ticket to tonight’s game.

Isaak said the event would be a great opportunity for students and Cougar fans alike to show solidarity for their team and to support a great cause.

“The rivalry may have changed a bit,” he said, “but the need hasn’t.”

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