Greek members raise 21,447 pounds of canned food for local food banks

October 8, 2008 by Beth Sitzler NMSU News Center

After a month long competition of collecting canned foods, it was announced that Greek members from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico gathered 21,447 pounds that will be distributed to food banks in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

Of the total collected, NMSU Greek members gathered 13,979 pounds of canned foods, making them the competition winner.

“It was great to turn our rivalry into more than a football game, but into something that will benefit the community,” said Caitlin Rotan, vice president of service and retention and coordinator of the event with Nick Wiegel with the Inter Fraternity Council.

Rotan said the idea came about after Greek leaders from both universities came together to discuss common issues and ways to benefit the state of New Mexico.

The food gathered by UNM Greek members will be donated to the Road Runner Food Bank in Albuquerque, while the food gathered by NMSU Greek members will be donated to the Community Action Agency in Las Cruces.

Along with the competition with UNM, NMSU fraternity and sorority members also competed against each other to collect the most canned food. Lambda Chi Alpha was the winning fraternity and will have a portion of this semester’s dues offset. Zeta Tau Alpha was the winning sorority and won a $200 cash prize from the Panhellenic Council.

Rotan said they hope this will become an annual event for the two universities and hopes it will be even more successful next year.

“Being able to feed someone is one of the quickest ways to show you care,” Rotan said.

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