Dec. 27, 2007
For the third straight year, the Siena Saints men's basketball team took time out of its busy schedule to pay a visit to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Thursday afternoon in an effort to restock the warehouse after the holiday season.
"Experiences like this help our players connect better with our community," Siena Head Coach Fran McCaffery said. "By volunteering their time to help those less fortunate, they gain a perspective on how lucky we all really are. Especially at this time of year, we want to do our part to let the community know we care about them."
The Saints compiled a vast assortment of goods that were to be shipped out to a variety of different agencies. From stuffing boxes filled with paper goods to wrapping and preparing items to be shipped out, the team had a productive stay at the warehouse.
"Siena College has been very generous of its time and resources," Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Food Bank said. "The players help out a great deal during their visit, but their symbolic impact is even greater. This visit always brings great exposure to our cause and comes at an important time."
The Siena athletic department is now asking Saints' fans to help assist this worthy cause. Prior to the men's basketball game vs. Fairfield on January 8, canned and non-perishable goods will be collected by Siena student-athletes and warehouse volunteers. All donations will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Since 1982, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities. It is the only organization of its kind in Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. In 2005 the Regional Food Bank provided 19.2 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 charitable agencies.
One of the main objectives of the Siena Athletic Department has always been to remain actively involved in the Capital Region community. Siena's student-athletes and coaches make numerous appearances in local classrooms and hospitals and volunteer hundreds of hours to help out in numerous organizations. Additionally, the athletic department has donated thousands of dollars in game tickets, sports camps scholarships and sporting apparel and memorabilia to local charities.