Arizona Interscholastic Association Helps Eliminate Hunger Through Food Drive Benefiting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is sponsoring a community food drive to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance during the 2012 February Frenzy Wrestling and Basketball Championship games.

We want to encourage their [students] community participation through this food drive and February Frenzy games are the perfect opportunity for more than 80,000 fans to support these efforts,” said Chuck Schmidt, AIA Associate Executive Director.

With 1 in 5 children and 1 in 7 adults living in poverty, hunger is an issue that affects far too many Arizona families. Recognizing the growing need, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has announced a community food drive benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

During the 2012 AIA February Frenzy Wrestling and Basketball Championship games, fans and players will have an opportunity to help their community by donating canned goods or cash. For each 10 cans of food or $10 donation, a person will receive a chance to win a 2012/2013 AIA Season Pass or other various prizes. Winners will be announced during the week of February 27, 2012 on aiaonline.org and aia365.com.

To further the effort, the Phoenix Suns will have food collection boxes stationed at the US Airways Center during its match up against Atlanta Hawks on February 15, 2012.    

“We see a real value in developing leadership and philanthropic outreach opportunities for our students. We want to encourage their community participation through this food drive and February Frenzy games are the perfect opportunity for more than 80,000 fans to support these efforts,” said Chuck Schmidt, AIA Associate Executive Director.

Collection sites will be hosted at the AIA Wrestling and Basketball 2012 February Frenzy events February 10 - 25 at Tim's Toyota Center, Prescott and Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

Get a complete schedule of February Frenzy games on AIA365.com. “Like” AIA 365 on Facebook for more opportunities to donate, get involved and keep up to date on Arizona High School Sports.

About the Arizona Interscholastic Association
The AIA, is voluntary association of public and private Arizona high schools. Since 1913, the organization has created and sustained interscholastic activities that encourage maximum student participation by providing AIA member schools with an even playing field to ensure fair and equitable competition. The AIA believes that providing interscholastic activities for Arizona high school students creates personal development opportunities with a balanced focus on academics and extracurricular activities.
Through its 272 member schools, the AIA reaches more than 95,000 participants in high school activity programs. The organization hosts 4000 championship contests and maintains officiating for more than 45,000 regular season games. For more information, visit http://www.aiaonline.org and http://www.aia365.com.

About St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
The world’s first food bank is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 675 sites that serve the hungry. Serving 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. During Fiscal Year 2006-2007, the Food Bank distributed 51.5 million pounds of food to families and individuals, provided enough food for 200,000 meals every day, and garnered more than 230,000 volunteer service hours. Visit http://www.FirstFoodBank.org for more details.

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