Cans Across the Conference: SAAC participates in Sixth Annual Food Drive Competition

By Maraea Mason



BenU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is participating in the Cans Across the Conference food drive for the months of October and November to help those in need during the holiday season.

SAAC is collecting as many cans as possible by teaming up with other BenU clubs and organizations such as Campus Ministry and the Black Student Union (BSU).

In addition, the cans will be collected in conjunction with Operation Support our Troops, a yearly food drive organized by students.

Athletes in the Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) are competing to see which school can collect the most cans.

SAAC President, Brittany Wolski stated, “In past years we have done well, but this year we are opening it up to all of Lisle as much as possible and getting the local community involved as well.”

“Normally only SAAC participates while other clubs on campus hold their own food drive.  This year we are going bigger and better,” Wolski continued.“We are trying to get every club involved by donating all their non-perishable items to one big pot.  It is a great way to gets clubs intermingling.”

“We are also getting the word out there with our Facebook group, ‘Operation Care for our Troops’. In addition to that, one of our group members is a Morton Arboretum employee and we’re networking that way too,” added junior Naomi Chandler.

“There is an interreligious component this year. There is a competition amongst the three major religious groups: Muslims, Catholics and Hindus,” said SAAC Vice President, Alexis Wadowski.

Each year, the BSU hosts a Halloween Party. Admission to the party is a donation of canned goods to be donated to a food pantry of the organization’s choice. This year the cans will be donated to the Lisle food pantry along with the other cans from Cans Across the Conference.

Last week the drive started and will continue through Nov. 17. According to Wadowski, the total so far is at 100 cans. Drop boxes can be found all over campus in the main buildings.

“There are no prizes for winners, it is all in good fun and helping people out for a good cause,” Wolski added.