Marian SAAC raises 4,567 canned food items for local food pantry

December 21, 2018

MILWAUKEE – The 13th edition of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s “Cans Across the Conference” effort concluded recently with the league’s 13 member institutions collecting 50,536 items.

This year marks the second straight the NACC has eclipsed the 50,000 mark after collecting a record 55,188 items in 2017.

Alverno College topped this year’s standings with 18,721 items to retain the traveling trophy for the ninth straight year. Edgewood College collected 11,675 followed by Dominican University with 9,405 to round out the top three.

Marian University finished fourth in the conference with 4,567 items.  The members of the Marian SAAC were able to collect 2,567 nonperishable items with Festival Foods of Fond du Lac matching the donation with 2,000 additional items.  All nonperishable 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.

2018 Standings

Institution  Items Organization

Alverno 18,721 Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
Edgewood 11,675 St. Vincent DePaul / Blue Dot Food Pantry
Dominican 9,405 Thanksgiving Basket Program / Oak Park/River Forest Food Pantry
Marian 4,567 Fond du Lac Food Pantry
Concordia Wisconsin 1,784 Milwaukee Food Pantry
Concordia Chicago 1,518 Oak Park Food Pantry
Aurora 765 Libby’s Place / Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Rockford 518 Rock River Valley Pantry
MSOE 400 St. Benedict Food Pantry
Benedictine 372 West Suburban Community Pantry
NACC Office 300 Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Lakeland 277 Sheboygan County Food Pantry
Illinois Tech 120 St. James Catholic Church
Wisconsin Lutheran 114 Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
NACC Total: 50,536 Final Total as of Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018