CSUSM Rocks Hunger and Invites Community Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Starting Wednesday, October 6, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will be among four local universities competing in the third annual Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive, a 17-day challenge to fight hunger and support the San Diego Food Bank, which feeds more than 340,000 needy San Diegans every month.

Sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel from October 6-22, the Colleges Rock Hunger campaign invites San Diego universities to compete against one another by collecting the most nonperishable food. The winning institution is determined by the amount of pounds donated per student. Monetary donations are also accepted, with $1 equating 1 pound of food. This year's participating universities include CSUSM, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego, for a total college-student population of over 74,000.

"It is really important for us as students to give back to the community," said Megan Carlier, a junior at CSUSM and member of the Campus Activities Board, who is coordinating her campus' effort. "Colleges Rock Hunger is a great way for students to make an impact. Something as little as one can of food or $1 from each student can make a difference in the lives of those who face hunger daily."

According to the San Diego Food Bank, of the county's 3.1 million residents more than 483,000 people live at or near the federal poverty level and face the threat of hunger; an astonishing 273,000 are children.

At CSUSM, Colleges Rock Hunger is organized by the Campus Activities Board for Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and Carlier and her team are determined to put up a strong fight in the competition. This year, they are partnering with the university's Greek Leadership Council to diversify efforts and encourage students to participate, make a difference in their community, and beat out the competing schools. In addition to multiple bins and collection areas being placed throughout the campus, ASI will be accepting food and monetary donations at several of the university's scheduled Homecoming events, which coincides with the final week of the competition. As an incentive, students who bring a nonperishable item or make a donation at a Homecoming event will be able to "cut the line" for free food, giveaways, preferred seating, or immediate access to games and activities.

To increase the university's impact against hunger, CSUSM welcomes local businesses and community organizations to join the fight. The combined donations from all four universities will be the first official donation to the San Diego Food Bank's 2010 Holiday Food Drive. In order to count toward the final totals, all donations must be received by the participating universities no later than Friday, October 22.

For more information about supporting CSUSM and contributing to the Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive and Campus Challenge, contact Sara Gallegos at (760) 750-4907.
 
What: CSUSM invites students, staff and faculty, and local community businesses and organizations to join the Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive Challenge

When: The Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive will run from October 6-22

Where: Collection bins will be available throughout the campus, including: ASI Business Office, ASI Women's Center, ASI LGBTQ Pride Center, ASI Campus Recreation/The Clarke, Global Connections, UVA, Student Life & Leadership

About the San Diego Food Bank
Established in 1977, the San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 15 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.