NOVEMBER FOOD COLLECTION EFFORTS
The Baltimore Ravens announced today the launch of their November Food Collection efforts, in conjunction with Giant Food and the Maryland Food Bank. Fans are encouraged to donate to the collection in a variety of different ways, detailed below.
- Giant Food, the official supermarket of the Ravens and proud title sponsor of Purple, the official Baltimore Ravens Women's Club, will collect canned goods and non-perishable items for the November Food Collection efforts. A kickoff event will take place this coming Saturday (11/3) at the Reisterstown Road Plaza Giant Food in Baltimore and feature Ravens alumni, cheerleaders and official team mascot Poe. (Information about the event can be found below.) On-site donations will be accepted for the "Outweigh the Ravens' O-Line" promotion, with a goal to collect over 1,600 pounds of food. Additionally, more than 50 Baltimore-area Giant Food stores will be accepting donations of canned goods and other non-perishables from Nov. 2 - 22.
- For the fourth-consecutive year, the Maryland Food Bank has launched a virtual food drive, and fans have a chance to win Ravens tickets if they donate online at www.mdfoodbank.org. Each person who donates at least $50 worth of food online will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to the Ravens vs. Steelers game on Dec. 2.
- The collection will be enhanced on Sunday, Nov. 11, the day of the 17th annual Ravens Family Food & Funds Drive at M&T Bank Stadium. The Lady Ravens Association, M&T Bank and Maryland Food Bank volunteers will collect monetary donations and non-perishables prior to the Ravens vs. Raiders kickoff at 1 p.m. The final poundage collected will be calculated and distributed through the Maryland Food Bank. The 17th annual Ravens Family Food & Funds Drive is also supported by Von Paris, which will transport collected items from the stadium to the Maryland Food Bank.
In 2011, the November collection effort yielded nearly 27,000 pounds of food and close to $88,000 (almost triple the amount raised in 2010). The food and proceeds went directly to the Maryland Food Bank, which distributed the donated items to soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters throughout the holiday season.
Each week, there are 50,000 people in Maryland relying on emergency food programs. For every $1 contributed to the Maryland Food Bank, the nonprofit is able to provide two meals to Maryland's needy families and individuals. The Ravens encourage all fans to donate to the cause to help those in need. Information about the kickoff event can be found below.
*Who: *Alumni players Brad Jackson and Kyle Richardson
Official team mascot Poe
What:November Food Collection Kickoff Event
Where: Giant Food
Reisterstown Road Plaza
6620 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
*When: *Saturday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
11 a.m. press conference