Four Virginia universities raised over 100 tons of food in conjunction with the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic basketball games.
Virginia Commonwealth University collected 100,511 pounds; Virginia Tech raised 89,926; James Madison University gathered 17,780 pounds; Hampton University collected 212 pounds.
The schools competed head to head in the food drive prior to their respective teams meeting on the basketball court. All food will be sent to food banks through the Commonwealth.
Governor Bob McDonnell praised the students, administrators and faculty at the four schools for their efforts.
“The Dukes, Pirates, Rams and Hokies have helped make sure the shelves are well stocked for those in need,” he said. “Our universities and communities have raised almost a half a million pounds of food and funds over the last two years for the Virginia food banks. I thank all those who participated for their goodness and generosity this holiday season.”
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales from the basketball games will also be donated to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.