Oregon, Kansas State fans team up to fight hunger before Fiesta Bowl

It is becoming a St. Mary’s Food Bank tradition – and quickly a University of Oregon tradition as well.

Two years after volunteering at St. Mary’s with Auburn University prior to the national championship game, the Ducks made a return visit to the world’s first food bank Thursday and invited their Fiesta Bowl foes from Kansas State to help fight hunger in Arizona.

The Oregon marching band, cheerleaders and Duck mascot joined more than 100 volunteers representing the Ducks and Wildcats to pack and sort more than 23,000 pounds of non-perishable food to build some of the more than 30,000 emergency food boxes St. Mary’s distributes each month. With three local television stations filing live reports at once amid all the activity, it was a wild morning at the Del E. Webb Center.

Many thanks to Student Affairs Vice President Robin Holmes and Sarah Smith-Benati of Oregon and Vice President Pat Bosco and Student Body Vice President Grant Hill for all their help. And good luck to both teams tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium as the fourth-ranked Ducks and fifth-ranked Wildcats do battle.