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Dec. 15, 2011

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DUQUESNE, Pa. - Members of the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team took a break from the exam week to volunteer at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on Thursday morning. 

Redshirt sophomores Ashlee Anderson and Abby Dowd, sophomore Marquel Davis and freshmen Loliya Briggs and Brianna Kiesel participated in the community service project, along with director of operations Meghan Bielich and video coordinator Dave Scarborough.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank packs 2.2 million pounds of food a month and serves 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The players and staff were responsible for sorting and boxing various products in food and non-food categories. Boxes are required to be a specific weight. The student-athletes were responsible for sorting paper product bins and hodge podge items, which consist of items such as cooking utensils, toys and holiday materials.

The Panthers are teaming with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and UPMC on Wednesday, Dec. 28 when Pitt hosts cross-town rival Duquesne in the annual "Hometown vs. Hunger" contest.

Fans can bring 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.

The Panthers and Dukes tip off at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center with gates opening at 6 p.m. Collection will take place in the Main Lobby and Concourse B.

Collection will begin on Friday, Dec. 23 at the men's game versus Wagner. Donation boxes will be located in the Main Lobby and Concourse A of the Petersen Events Center for the 8 p.m. men's tip.

You can also join the "Hometown vs. Hunger" virtual food drive and donate online at

Pitt Women's Basketball Volunteers At Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

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