MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University student-athletes collected donated canned and non-perishable food items during their annual food drive around Mount Pleasant for the American Red Cross /Isabella County Food Pantry, Sunday, Oct. 24.
The food drive brought in 4,641 food items to the American Red Cross.
“Because of the economy, we are consistently feeding over 300 families per week. The student-athletes replenish our shelves in the pantry, so it’s very important to the families in our community,” said Irene Little with the American Red Cross.
“This is always one of the best days in CMU Athletics,” said Associate AD/Student-Athlete Development Jason Holtman. “Our student-athletes come together for a common cause, go out and make a difference. It great to see our students and the community reaching out to those in need.”
Student-athletes from every available sport participated, with the football program netting the most items (1,400). The women’s track and field group of Mykal Imbrock, Katie Christensen, Kelsey Beatty, Sarah Squires and Misha Lamphere collected the most items—506—of any individual group.
“The food drive is a source of pride for us,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Brendan Emmett. “Delivering the items first-hand and hearing from the workers at the Red Cross that we really do impact the lives of many people, you can’t help but get a good feeling inside.”
The American Red Cross Food Pantry is located in downtown Mount Pleasant and accepts donations throughout the year