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October 11, 2010

NAU Student-Athletes Volunteer at Local Food Bank

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming and diving team, volleyball team, and cheer and dance squad spent Saturday volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance continuing the NAU athletic department's commitment to giving back to the Flagstaff community.

The teams collected food bags in neighborhoods throughout Flagstaff as the student-athletes went door to door picking up the donations then returned to the food bank to organize the community’s contributions.

“The best thing about it is the University comes together to help the Flagstaff community,” said Eric Wolverton, the Director of Northern Arizona Development and Operations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. 

“It says a lot about the people we have who come to volunteer their time.  We have a lot of individuals new to the community so for them to come out and give back is really a great thing.  The support we get from these volunteers ensures that no one goes to bed hungry.” 

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry.

Serving 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

St. Mary’s Food Bank is based in Phoenix, Ariz., and has five locations in Arizona.  The Flagstaff organization sends out a million and a half pounds of food a month and serves 85 agencies in northern Arizona.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona finished third in the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup recognizing academic and athletics performances in 2008-09. The award is based on team grade point averages, graduation rates and the number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above a 3.0, as well as Men's and Women's All Sports points.