WMU News

Broncos support food drive with special offer

Nov. 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU athletic department, in conjunction with the Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive, has announced a special offer for all men's and women's basketball
exhibition games.

Free admission will be offered to all spectators bringing a canned good for donation. This offer is good for the women's games on Nov. 2 versus the Chicago Challengers and Nov. 7 against Illirja-Slovenia, along with the men's games on Nov. 6 versus NBC Thunder and Nov. 11 versus Marathon. Both the women's games start at 7 p.m., while the men's games begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive began in 1993 when the membership of the Black Police Officers Association noticed that many area families were struggling financially. The food drive is presently supported by over 75 businesses, 25 schools, all Kalamazoo County law enforcement agencies, and the South Central Food Bank of Michigan.

In 1998, the Salvation Army and the Family Independence Agency merged their holiday food drive efforts with the Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive causing this project to become the central holiday food distribution program for the County of Kalamazoo. The project is now the largest holiday food distribution organization on the west side of the state, and last year alone provided one weeks worth of food for more than 1,000 families.

On the Saturday before Christmas, approximately 200 volunteers pack and deliver the food directly to the families being served.

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web <www.wmubroncos.com>.

Media contact: Travis McCurdy; 616 387-3221; travis.mccurdy@wmich.edu

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