Somerset, NJ (December 19, 2017) -- Mount St. Mary's University took home the title in the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Canned Food Drive for the second consecutive year. The Mount collected the highest number of items among NEC schools, bringing in 2,548 units to edge out Saint Francis U, which totaled 2,502 items, in the league-wide race. The local Emmitsburg Food Bank was again the recipient of items collected by Mount St. Mary's.
The third annual NEC SAAC Canned Food Drive competition resulted in the collection of 10,886 non-perishable food items, marking a 46.3 percent increase from last year's record total.
"Our SAAC members have taken a lot of pride in the canned food drive competition and the yearly totals prove it. They've out-done themselves for the third year in a row," said NEC SAAC adviser Lisa Archbald. "Congratulations to Mount St. Mary's for winning a close competition over Saint Francis U. The two schools' remarkable efforts resulted in the collection of more than 5,000 non-perishable goods."
SAAC leaders at each of the league's 10 core member institutions organized collection efforts on their respective campuses prior to the holiday season and selected local charities as the recipients of the collected items.
The canned food drive competition is only one of the charitable efforts organized annually by the NEC SAAC. At their in-person November meeting, NEC SAAC executive members presented a $13,650 check to the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) based in New Oxford, PA. The funds, which were raised through the group's annual "Money Wars" Fundraiser, will go to assisting children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.