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Aztecs Rock Hunger collected 448,240 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Aztecs Rock Hunger collected 448,240 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
 


Aztecs Rocked Hunger

The annual food drive supports San Diego families in need.
By Ryan Schuler
 

The annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive raised 448,240 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, making it the most successful in the drive's history.

Last year’s collection of 400,000 pounds of food for San Diego families in need was the campaign’s previous highest amount.

The campaign, which ran from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7, collected donations of food and cash at athletic events, concerts at Viejas Arena, and during tabling events on campus. New this year was the ability to donate through San Diego State University's student philanthropy group, SDSU Aztec Proud, on Oct. 25 during The Great Give. Students who donated $10 to Aztecs Rock Hunger received a free Aztec Proud T-shirt.

“We’ve put in so much time, effort and hard work,” said Alexander Shapiro, vice president of financial affairs for Associated Students. “I’m just so happy to see that not only did the hard work pay off, but we’re really helping people in need. That much food is going to help so many people and make a difference.”

Aztecs Rock Hunger has raised more than 1.5 million pounds of food since its inception.  

Supporting students

In an effort to help SDSU students who may be facing their own food insecurities, 20 percent of all monetary donations to Aztecs Rock Hunger went to support SDSU's Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT), totaling just less than $15,000 this year. Eighty percent of proceeds went to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

“The most important thing is to help those in need, not just in the San Diego community, but also in the San Diego State University community,” Shapiro said. “This campaign shows this campus can unify and really come together for a greater cause.”

The ECRT is a campus wide network that provides emergency support for students who are facing an economic crisis, such as the sudden loss of housing or an immediate food shortage.

For more information on the ECRT and resources available to SDSU students year-round, visit the ECRT website.