Guilford Preps for Soup Bowl Collection

Greensboro, N.C. (8/27/09) --  For the last 13 years, Guilford College and Greensboro College have competed in the Gate City Soup Bowl for supremacy in football and in providing food to the needy of the greater community.

The combined effort has resulted in the contribution of more than 39,000 canned food items to local or regional food pantries, including Food Assistance Inc., Greensboro Urban Ministries and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

The goal of the friendly competition is to defeat a long-time rival on the field and contribute to the fight against the hunger problem, which will be acute this winter due to the economic downturn.

Last year Guilford won, 22-12, at Armfield Athletic Center and contributed more than 7,000 canned food items to the cause. This year, the game is at Greensboro's home field (Jamieson Stadium at Grimsley High School) on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m.

Help defeat hunger and contribute to a Guilford victory!  Bring canned goods to the Bonner House (formerly the International House near the main entrance to campus) before 5 p.m. Sept. 4, or to the game.  There is free admission with two canned items per person donated to Guilford's collection at the gate.

Guilford's athletics department will support the food collection by conducting a contest among the school's 20 varsity teams. The school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will coordinate the competition, which recognizes the team with the highest participation rate.

Monetary donations will be accepted on or before Aug. 29, with checks written to Guilford College and the memo designating the funds to the Soup Bowl.  Each dollar donated translates into four cans of food for the needy.

Mail monetary donations to:

Bonner Center for Community Learning
Guilford College
5800 W. Friendly Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27410

As a bonus, Guilford's dining service provider, Meriwether Godsey, will match all canned food donations from students, employees and alumni.

Two student Hunger Fellows in the Bonner Center will coordinate hunger awareness programs throughout the year, including an open mic night at Dana Auditorium Friday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is two cans per person, or $1, and alumni are very welcome!

For more information, contact Amanda Szabo, staff coordinator, at aszabo@guilford.edu, or 336-316-2456.

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