MacMurray to collect canned food

January 26, 2016 | 10:55 AM

After winning the annual St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) canned food drive competition for two consecutive years, MacMurray Athletics will blitz the town, going door-to-door on Tuesday, Feb. 23 to collect canned for the third year of the SLIAC challenge.

In addition to door-to-door collecting on Feb. 23, the Highlanders will also be taking donations on Wednesday, Feb. 17 during the men’s and women’s basketball games beginning at 6 p.m.

Cash donations are also accepted, with every dollar being counted as two canned food items. All donations will go to the Jacksonville Food Bank.

The SLIAC competition, which began in 2014, is organized by the MacMurray Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2014 in efforts to further develop citizenship amongst student-athletes and allow them the opportunity to give back to their community. The annual food drive is a competition among the 10 SLIAC member colleges. MacMurray has placed first both years of the competition.

This year, MacMurray again remains on top, leading the fall challenge with a total of 812 cans, followed by Iowa Wesleyan with 516 items. The competition is divided into three periods: fall, winter, and spring.

“We are excited to continue the streak and help out the Jacksonville community,” said MacMurray Athletic Director Justin Fuhler, “This has been a great success, and we hope to remain as the defending champions. We are grateful to all of those who have contributed and are lucky to be located in such a supportive community.”

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