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Associated Students made the announcement on Nov. 15. Associated Students made the announcement on Nov. 15.

Aztecs Rock Hunger Sets New Record for Community Support

Aztecs Rock Hunger continued its drive to combat food insecurity on campus and in the community.
By Lainie Fraser

San Diego State University’s annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive collected 590,503 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank, exceeding last year’s total of 588,915 pounds and setting a new campaign record.

From Sept. 28 through Oct. 21, 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. A $1 donation provides up to six pounds of food. 

Aztecs Rock Hunger is an initiative of Associated Students (A.S.) working in partnership with Aztec Shops, Aztec Proud, Residential Education, Housing Administration, SDSU Athletics, and the College Area Business District. 

“It has been amazing to see so many different divisions and facets of campus come together and give their all toward this campaign fighting food insecurity,” said Christian Onwuka, A.S. vice president of financial affairs. “I’m beyond proud of the donations we collected, and I’m even prouder of the impact we will have on SDSU and the San Diego community through our donation.”

To date, Aztecs Rock Hunger has raised more than 2 million pounds of food since the first campaign in 2008. 

“We are very grateful to the students, faculty and administration at San Diego State University for supporting the food bank through this year’s annual Aztecs Rock Hunger Food Drive,” said Jim Floros, CEO of the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “We are currently feeding more than 370,000 people every month in communities throughout the county, including thousands of students through our College Hunger-relief Program. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who supported the 2018 Aztecs Rock Hunger Food Drive and the food bank’s vital mission in the community.”

Eighty percent of monetary donations go to the food bank, while the remaining 20 percent remains on campus for SDSU's Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) to provide short-term and long-term aid to students experiencing food insecurity. 

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.