Steelers Food Drive Tackles Hunger

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and are teaming up to tackle hunger this Sunday, Oct. 17 when the Steelers host the Cleveland Browns, with the Annual Steelers Food Drive at Heinz Field.

For the second year in a row, Steelers and Food Bank partner Giant Eagle will match the food donation total pound-for-pound. Since 2003 the Steelers Food Drive has raised almost 15,000 pounds of food and more than $12,000.

"The Food Bank has been serving an average of 2,500 new households every month for these last two years, and with these tough economic times, our community partner food drives are more important than ever," said Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank. "I know that Steelers fans like a challenge, and with Giant Eagle matching the food donation, we need Steelers fans to bring more food than ever!"

Fans attending the game are asked to bring nutritious non-perishable food and grocery items to Heinz Field gates from 10 a.m. until shortly after the 1 p.m. kickoff. They may also make cash donations to Food Bank volunteers at the gates or at the Food Bank truck which will be parked on Art Rooney Avenue.*  *

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Fans cheering on the Steelers from home can participate by donating to the Virtual Food Drive. The Virtual Food Drive can be accessed by visiting the Food Bank website home page - www.pittsburghfoodbank.org - and clicking on the Steelers Food Drive.

Most-needed items include: Canned meats, tuna (water-packed), canned beans, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, canned juice (100% juice), canned vegetables and fruit (packed in juice). Paper products, personal care items, diapers (baby and adult). Non-perishable items only; no glass containers please.

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