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VT Marching Virginians' Food Drive Starts Saturday

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The Marching Virginians will be raising money and collecting donations Saturday for the Montgomery County Christmas Store.

The marching band is one of 32 organizations helping collect food for families in need. They will be taking song requests before Saturday's game. This is the 17th year for the food drive and it's something they look forward to.

"Sometimes the last thing you think about when you're running out the door to a football game is bringing a can of food, but if you make that extra effort, bring one, two, three cans of food, you could be making somebody's holiday and making a big difference in their day," said Marching Virginian Katie Plummer.

"We are one of the best groups of this university for upholding Ut Prosim [the university's motto, meaning "that I may serve"] and just that we do that it makes you proud to go out on the field and represent us because you know at the end of the day we are serving and giving back," said Sarah Frame with the Marching Virginians.

"It just means that we're really helping families," said Joan Cliff, the Montgomery County Christmas Store food department coordinator. "At this time of the year when kids get out for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the holidays, the families are more desperate to get food because they don't get school lunches."

Cliff says 22 percent of the county is living in poverty conditions, twice the state average.

You can bring your canned food donation by any of the gates at Lane Stadium or find one of the Marching Virginians in the parking lot before the game.

Last year, the drive brought in more than 5,100 cans of food and $6,600.

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The following is a news release:

The Marching Virginians and New Life Christian Fellowship are joining forces again this year to sponsor a massive canned food drive in conjunction with the Virginia Tech vs. Maryland football game on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  The goal of the ambitious seventeenth annual HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY drive is to collect 66,233 cans of food – One Can from Every Fan!

Jack Tyler, the dynamic linebacker for the Hokies, is serving as Honorary Chairperson of HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY.  "As the 2013 holiday season approaches, let us share in the spirit of Thanksgiving with friends, family and those within this special community. This time of the year provides a wonderful opportunity to share and help provide for the less fortunate families and individuals throughout the region. It is my hope that Virginia Tech and Maryland fans will find it in their hearts to share and donate towards an exceptional cause during this special time of year."  

Drop-off points for HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY are at all entrances to Lane Stadium and various locations near the stadium where Tailgate Pep Bands will be performing prior to kick- off. 

All contributions will be distributed through the Montgomery County Christmas Store.