HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Extra Table
On September 5, as Southern Miss and Mississippi State face off against each other in the first football game of the season, the two universities will also be working to win the battle against hunger in their communities. Extra Table, a local non-profit agency with the mission of ending hunger in the state of Mississippi, will be raising funds for the "Mississippi Food Fight", a weeklong fundraising event between the Southern Miss community in Hattiesburg and the Mississippi State community in Starkville. Fans from both universities can cast a vote for their team by donating funds throughout the week or on game day.
"We are beyond fortunate to have this opportunity to work with the University of Southern Mississippi and especially the Mullen Family 36 Foundation to help support the emergency feeding agencies that Extra Table serves both in Hattiesburg and Starkville," said Extra Table Executive Director Michael Dixon. "The Mississippi Food Fight is a unique and interactive way to get supporters and fans rallied around their home teams as well as the local agencies that do so much to help feed our hungry friends and neighbors," said Dixon.
Students at both universities are also being encouraged to engage in the Food Fight on their campuses. Greek Life, Student Government and Residence Life are just a few student entities that are helping spread the word and get their campus involved. On September 5, volunteers will be on the Southern Miss campus to collect donations from USM and State fans, which will count toward the grand total. The total among raised will be announced during the football game. "This fundraiser has the potential to have an enormous impact in the areas we are working with. Think of it this way: if every person who could fit into The Rock donated one dollar, we could raise more many in a single event than Extra Table ever has before," said Extra Table Program Coordinator Stacy Ahua.