Spartan Hockey Spearheads Student-Athlete Food Drive

Those attending Saturday’s game asked to bring non-perishable food items

EAST LANSING, MICH — For the third season, the Michigan State ice hockey team is coordinating with several other MSU teams to ask for help in the East Lansing and surrounding communities to make it a Happy Holidays for all.

This week, the Spartan hockey players are spearheading their third annual Student-Athlete Holiday Food Drive, led by junior captain Torey Krug and junior forward Chris Forfar. On Saturday, the hockey program is asking everyone attending that evening’s game against Bowling Green to bring either toiletries or non-perishable food items to donate to this worthy cause. Donation boxes will be at every entrance at Munn Arena. The Spartans host Bowling Green at 6 p.m.

In addition to asking for donations at their game this weekend, the team has enlisted the help of other student-athletes from various MSU teams to help distribute flyers and collect food in surrounding neighborhoods for the third consecutive year. Flyers have already been distributed in selected neighborhoods surrounding the MSU Campus, and Spartan athletes from several varsity athletic teams have been collecting bags of donated goods in those neighborhoods this week.

All items collected will go to the MSU and Greater Lansing Food Banks.

Over the last two years, this food drive has seen success, with more than 1,000 pounds of food being collected and donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank each year.  The hockey team has partnered with fellow Spartan student-athletes to collect donations to help local families in need.

The food drive is just one of various community service initiatives undertaken by the MSU hockey program. Along with the food drive and participating in different programs such as Teams for Toys, the program runs the Shoot for a Cure initiative, which raises money for the fight against children’s cancer. Many players also participate in the Spartans Buddies program, which brings MSU student-athletes to Sparrow Hospital to visit with children hospitalized in the pediatric ward. 
For those not attending Saturday’s game or in the selected collection neighborhoods who are interested in donating to the Student-Athlete Food Drive, there is also a drop box inside the Clara Bell Smith Center on Shaw Lane.