This is the fourth year Enactus has applied for the grant.
On February 20, during the men and women’s basketball games, Enactus put on a popcorn and bake sale where all donations went toward the Stark County Hunger Task Force, an organization that supplies the food pantries in Stark County.
This is the first year Enactus has worked at a basketball game. For every dollar or food donation at the basketball games, one dollar was taken off the donor’s ticket price.
“In the past we have only tailgated football games for donations and we receive more fans from both teams at those events,” said Doug Bowers, a senior sport management major and Enactus member. “This was a bigger challenge for the team when dealing with a smaller crowd. At the end of it all, I believe we had a good turnout and reached our goal.”
Before the first tipoff of the evening, Enactus collected enough for 3,900 pounds of food. By the end of the night, they surpassed their goal of 5,000 pounds of food by raising the equivalent of another 1,300 pounds in five hours.
“25,000 people visit the food pantries in Stark County every month,” said Beth Postlewaite, Enactus advisor. “All donations that are made stay in this community and help others in the area. We want to make sure that Enactus makes a strong statement in the Stark County area.”
According to the Stark County Hunger Task force website, for every dollar they receive, they can distribute seven pounds of food. When those at the game were informed of this statistic, they were shocked.
“All I wanted was some cookies, but then to find out that the dollar I donated for cookies could equal up to seven pounds of food it blew my mind,” said DeAndre Ulmer, a junior sports management major. “I left the table knowing that dollar was well spent.”
Even though Enactus reached their goal, they will have donation boxes for canned goods around campus until February 26. Then they will begin preparing to start again next fall with plans to reach a higher goal.
Isaiah Smith is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.