WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Athletics and the UNCW Staff Senate are partnering to offer admission to any men’s basketball game in February, except for Homecoming on Feb. 22, for $5 with the contribution of five items to the Wilmington Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Fans must bring their five items to the athletics ticket office in Trask Coliseum in advance of the game to exchange the items for a ticket.
Special brown “Feed the Need” bags have been distributed by the UNCW Staff Senate on campus and are available to the public.

“North Carolina has the fifth largest number of people in need of food assistance,” said Dr. James R. Leutze, former UNCW chancellor and chairman of the Food Bank. “I can assure you this is a needy organization. Eighty percent of our recipients are children or elderly. They are all dependent on the Food Bank or other charities to have an adequate diet.”

Non-perishable food, preferably pop-top items and microwavable cups, are requested. Food needed includes proteins (canned spaghetti, ravioli, soups, tuna, peanut butter), grains (cereal, rice, pasta, dried beans), fruits (canned fruit cups, dried fruit, applesauce, juice, juice boxes), canned vegetables, kid-friendly items (fat-free and sugar-free pudding cups, granola bars, popcorn, graham and animal crackers), baby products (diapers, wipes, formula, infant cereal), hygiene items (feminine products, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, soap, shaving items), paper products (toilet tissues, paper towels). Donated items should not have glass containers.

If fans do not want a ticket, items may be brought to the UNCW Bookstore until Feb. 27. The goal for this year’s drive is 4,000 pounds. UNCW collected 1,664 pounds in 2012 and 1,720 pounds in 2013.

For more information, contact Katie Lange at 910-962-3571.