NEW HAVEN, CONN., November 3, 2016 – There are few traditions as well known in Connecticut as the fall football classic at the Yale Bowl, and for more than 25 years, part of the tradition has included a food and fund drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. Fans attending this year’s Yale-Princeton game have three ways to support the Food Bank.
Volunteers for the Food Bank will be at the Yale Bowl from 8:30AM to 1:00PM on Saturday, November 12, collecting donations of funds, frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items as spectators enter the Bowl. A special block of tickets has been set aside to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. These specially priced tickets are available in exchange for a donation of $15, a frozen turkey or a grocery bag of nonperishable food items. Contact Kerri Burgerhoff at (203) 741-9204 to purchase tickets before November 11. The supply of these discounted benefit tickets is limited, so early donation to secure a ticket is recommended. Any unsold tickets will be available from Connecticut Food Bank volunteers at the gate on game day, November 12.
“The specially priced tickets are a great way to enjoy this Connecticut tradition and to power our hunger fighting mission,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “We can turn each dollar donated to the Food Bank into enough food to provide two meals.”
Beaudreau said that, at last year’s Yale-Harvard game, the Connecticut Food Bank raised enough food and funds to provide 20,602 meals to people in Connecticut who struggle with hunger. “We are grateful to Yale Athletics for their support over so many years.”
The Connecticut Food Bank works with hundreds of food assistance programs across the area to provide food to people in need throughout the year. Nearly half a million people in Connecticut struggle with hunger. One in six Connecticut children is food insecure. Beaudreau said that Connecticut Food Bank member programs in its six-county service area receive an average of 150,000 visits each month from people seeking assistance with food needs. “The meals generated by this event are vitally needed to help in our community.”
People who wish to help as game day volunteers can visit www.ctfoodbank.org/volunteer and register under special events to help collect donations at the Yale Bowl on Saturday, November 12. The Connecticut Food Bank will be collecting donations of frozen turkeys, nonperishable foods and financial donations between 8:30AM and 1:00PM. Game time is 12:30PM.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide food, which last year provided 19.2 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties – where more than 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.