AMES, Iowa - The “Can the Cats” drive, an Iowa State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored event Oct. 13 to assist the Food Bank of Iowa, was a major success. A total of 77 Cyclone student-athletes volunteered for the effort. Student-athletes and generous Iowa State tailgaters prevailed, despite challenging weather conditions as the athletes worked the Jack Trice Stadium parking lots prior to the Cyclone game against Kansas State.
Iowa State fans donated 925 pounds of food and $2,775 to purchase more food for needy families. In total, the “Can the Cats’ effort will provide more than 6,500 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Iowa.
The SAAC drive was accomplished despite the threat of severe weather and the early kickoff of 11 a.m. Student-athletes went through the tailgate lots with shopping carts donated by Hy-Vee to collect cans of food items. Fans could also make a financial donation into cans provided by the Cyclone student athletes.
"We started a half hour later than we intended because we were hoping the weather would let up," said Iowa State track and field performer Anna Holtermann. “When we left Hilton Coliseum with the shopping carts it was misting but then it stopped."
Senior cross country runner and SAAC co-president Charlie Paul said this year’s event was a step up from past food drives.
"We did a smaller food drive last year at a basketball game,” Paul said. “We wanted to do it on a larger scale."Can the Cats" came out of that planning process.”
The Food Bank of Iowa, which distributes food to 425 partner organizations in 55 Iowa counties, would be the first to say it was worth the effort. Wait till next year.