The Packers Women's Association will hold its 19th Annual Food Drive for Paul's Pantry prior to Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints 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 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 the Fan Assistance booth at section 109 in the stadium's main concourse.
"We're eager to see many fans contributing Sunday," said Laurie Ruegamer, PWA Food Drive Co-chairperson and wife of Packers offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer. "This collection goes a long way toward helping Paul's Pantry with its efforts to serve the needy in the area. I'm hopeful the collection will be a big success again this season. The fans have been very supportive over the years."
Last year's effort collected more than $12,000 and 22,400 food items. Overall, in the previous 18 years of conducting the food drive, the PWA has collected nearly 507,000 non-perishable food items and more than $159,000 for Paul's Pantry, a supplementary food distribution program for the needy in the greater Green Bay area.
For more information, please contact Sherry Schuldes, the Packers' manager of family programs, at 920/569-7500.