Monmouth University will visit Kennesaw State on November 2nd in a game that could decide the Big South title.  Even before the opening kickoff, these two rivals will have met in a different type of competition that will benefit both campuses even though they are 725 miles apart.

Monmouth’s “Hawks Helping Hawks” program, which collects non-perishable food donations to help end and aid food insecurity issues on its campus, is competing against their Georgia rivals to see who can collect the most donations.

The Athletics Department is working with Monmouth’s Student Government Association in collecting food items at several on-campus events including Saturday’s Homecoming football game with Gardner-Webb.

In addition, non-perishable food items will be collected at the following athletic events on the Monmouth campus:

Wed, 10/16  Men’s Soccer vs. St. Peter’s      (7pm)

Sat,    10/19 Football vs. Gardner-Webb       (1pm)

Sun,  10/20  Field Hockey vs. Columbia       (12pm)

Wed, 10/23  Men’s Soccer vs. Quinnipiac     (7pm)

Wed, 10/30  Women’s Soccer vs. Fairfield   (7pm)

According to Monmouth SGA President Mehdi Husaini, nearly 30% of college students suffer from food insecurity and Monmouth is not immune to the issue.

“After incurring the rising costs of housing, tuition, and books, as well as other costs, many students find themselves straining to pay for groceries and healthy food.  As President of SGA, I wanted our main focus of the year to be fighting hunger at our school.”

Over the past year, Monmouth’s SGA has fed over 450 students through the student-created on-campus food pantry, The Nest.  Currently located on the lower level of the student center with operating hours three days per week, The Nest exists to serve students without meal plans by providing non-perishable food and toiletries.  They have donation bins located in several locations on campus.

The final tally of which campus gathered the most donations will be announced at the November 2nd game.  For more information visit https://monmouth.edu/sga/student-government-association/the-nest/