The Packers Women's Association will hold its 18th Annual Food Drive for Paul's Pantry prior to next Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.
PWA members, who will be wearing their husband's or significant other's jersey or PWA jerseys, will collect non-perishable food items and cash donations in the stadium parking lot and at the gates prior to kickoff. Food items can be placed in bins, which will be located throughout the Lambeau Field parking lot. Volunteers from Paul's Pantry will be assisting with the collection.
As an added incentive to donate to the food drive, fans have an opportunity to win Packers autographed items. For every $5 donation or five non-perishable food items contributed, a fan will receive a ticket stub. The winning ticket numbers will be drawn and announced on the matrix board during the game. Fans with the winning ticket stubs can pick up their item at Fan Assistance in section 109.
"We're excited to again be helping with the event this year. It's a great opportunity for fans to support the community," said Candy Clifton, PWA Food Drive Chairperson and wife of Packers offensive lineman Chad Clifton.
Last year's effort collected more than $12,000 and 32,400 food items. Overall, in the previous 17 years of conducting the food drive, PWA has collected nearly 400,000 non-perishable food items and more than $146,000 for Paul's Pantry, a supplementary food distribution program for the needy in the greater Green Bay area.
Along with the collection at Lambeau Field, 34 area schools are holding an in-school food drive contest. The school that collects the most donations per student will receive a visit from Packers players during a future lunchtime. Notre Dame Elementary & Middle School in De Pere, Wis., took top honors last year and enjoyed a visit from Packers players.
Green Bay-area YMCAs also will have bins stationed at each location for people to make donations.
For more information, please contact Sherry Schuldes, the Packers' manager of family programs, at 920-569-7500.