Marian SAAC collects 3,305 canned food items for Fond du Lac Food Pantry

December 19, 2019

NACC Can DriveMILWAUKEE – The 14th edition of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s “Cans Across the Conference” effort concluded recently with the league’s 13 member institutions collecting 36,466 items.

For a second consecutive year, Marian finished fourth in the conference with Dominican earning the traveling trophy after reaching 8,894 items.  Festival Foods once again partnered with the Sabres and provided a matching donation.  All non-perishable items were donated to the Fond du Lac Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which serves over 1,000 people each week.

Since the conference’s inception in 2006, the members of the NACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has organized “Cans Across the Conference”, doing something together as a conference that helps in each institution’s respective community.

SAAC annually organizes the canned food drive as a community service competition amongst the 13 institutions in the conference. Each campus SAAC collects cans and other non-perishable items at their school during October and November to benefit a local charity.

In addition to food items, one dollar donated equals two cans, and toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) are also counted.


Institution Items Organization
Dominican 8,894 Thanksgiving Basket Program / Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Alverno 8,863 Milwaukee Hunger Task Force / Alverno Food Pantry
Edgewood 6,098 Catherine’s Food Pantry / St. Vincent de Paul
Marian 3,305 Fond du Lac Food Pantry
Aurora 2,409 Libby’s Place / Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Rockford 1,659 Northern Illinois Food Bank
Concordia Wisconsin 1,483 Milwaukee Food Pantry
Concordia Chicago 1,326 Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Lakeland 835 Sheboygan County Food Pantry
MSOE 480 Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
Illinois Tech 450 St. James Catholic Church
NACC Office 300 Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Benedictine 193 West Suburban Food Pantry
Wisconsin Lutheran 171 Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
NACC Total: 36,466 Final Total as of Friday, Dec. 13, 2019