Dec. 6, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will host its annual Hometown vs. Hunger game on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. when the Panthers take on Rider. Pitt will partner again this year with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC Health Plan in an effort to defeat hunger in Western Pennsylvania. CBS Radio Pittsburgh is also a sponsor in this special event.
Fans can bring a bag of nonperishable food items to the Petersen Events Center and can gain admission to the game for just a $1. Season ticket holders will receive a Panthers Team Store coupon or $1 ticket for a guest. Collection will take place in the Main Lobby and Concourse B.
“This is an amazing and wonderful opportunity to give back to others something we sometimes take for granted – food on our tables,” said Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato. “Last season, the drive nearly tripled from the previous year and we hope to have even better results this year."
The game also is billed as Youth Day for area programs and Camper’s Day for the hundreds of youngsters who attended the Agnus Berenato camps this past summer. (More About Camper's Day).
CBS Pittsburgh conducted a Pack the Pete food drive in mid-November to raise food for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Members of the women's team helped deliver the donation - over 5,000 pounds collected - on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.
You can join the "Hometown vs. Hunger" virtual food drive and donate online at www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/HVH
About UPMC Health Plan: UPMC Health Plan, the second-largest health insurer in western Pennsylvania, is owned by UPMC, one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. The integrated partner companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division – which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC WorkPartners, LifeSolutions (EAP), UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), and Community Care Behavioral Health – offer a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs Plan (SNP), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance, and workers' compensation products and services to nearly 1.6 million members. UPMC Health Plan’s local provider network includes UPMC as well as community providers, totaling more than 125 hospitals and more than 11,500 physicians throughout Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.
About Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: The largest anti-hunger organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank collects and distributes more than 27 million pounds of food and grocery products per year to 400+ member agencies and affiliated food banks in the region that in turn serve 120,000 people at risk of hunger each month. Since August of 2008 when the Recession hit, 3,000 new households have been turning to the Food Bank for help each month.
Additional efforts develop awareness and mobilize the public to work together to end hunger. Member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. www.pittsburghfoodbank.org
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