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Aztecs Rock Hunger Sets New Record

Aztecs Rock Hunger collected 588,915 pounds of food, setting a new campaign record.
By Jessica Tran
 

“I’m blown away by all the support across campus that helped us reach and exceed our goal.”

San Diego State University’s annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive collected 588,915 pounds of food for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, exceeding the campaign goal of 500,000 pounds and setting a new campaign record. 
 
From Sept. 30 through Oct. 22, the food drive collected non-perishable food in red bins across campus and monetary donations at SDSU Dining locations, the SDSU Bookstore, Aztec Proud events and home athletic games. 
 
“I’m blown away by all the support across campus that helped us reach and exceed our goal,” said Hayden Willis, Associated Students vice president of financial affairs. “My experience throughout this campaign reminded me of the prevalence of food insecurity in San Diego, and it was really special and rewarding to have a first-hand impact.”
 
Aztecs Rock Hunger has raised more than 2 million pounds of food since the first campaign in 2008. 
 

Supporting students

In an effort to support students on campus, SDSU's Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) will use 20 percent of monetary donations collected during the campaign to purchase campus meal cards for SDSU students with food insecurity. 
 
“Students shouldn’t have to choose between buying books or their next meal,” said Jim Flores, CEO of the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “We want people to get a good education, get a good job and support their family.”
 
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.
Hayden Willis,  Jim Flores and SDSU President Sally Roush
Hayden Willis, Jim Flores and SDSU President Sally Roush

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