Hoosier Grapplers Take Down Hunger
Dec. 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana wrestling team volunteered at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank on Saturday, December 1st. The team helped fill 375 boxes of food within an hour and fifteen minutes. That food will be served to 540 elderly residents of surrounding counties. The wrestlers then helped fill pallets of food for distribution to over 80 non-profit feeding organizations that are served by the food bank. The Hoosiers' time and efforts helped the food bank to quickly get the food on its way to the more than 20,000 individuals that receive food from the food bank each month.
"Having such a large number of volunteers made completing the projects so quick and efficient that we were able to complete work that would otherwise take several hours," said Kim Kanney, volunteer coordinator at Hoosier Hills Food Bank. "I greatly appreciate the contribution from the Indiana University wrestling team and hope (they) all will volunteer with us again."
The Hoosier Hills Food Bank serves six counties and has distributed over 20 million pounds of food since 1982. In 2006 alone, the food bank moved 1.65 million pounds through its warehouse. The agencies served by the food bank have reported a growing demand for food resources in surrounding counties as high as a 30 percent increase.
"We are pleased to be able to help those in our community who are in need," said Head Coach Duane Goldman. "The Hoosier Hills Food Bank does such a great job and we were happy that our work was beneficial to them. It is always nice to return back the support which we receive throughout our season."
Indiana returns to the mat at the FITE Duals on December 16th in Chicago, Illinois.
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