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January 3, 2011
By Staff Report
With more than 20,000 Wolf Pack football fans expected to attend this weekend’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl matchup with Boston College in San Francisco, there is reason to believe the University of Nevada, Reno’s momentum will carry over into another arena.
As part of the Jan. 9 game build-up, fans of both Nevada and Boston College have been encouraged to participate in a texting competition that could yield the local food bank in either community 20,000 meals.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada – a longtime Wolf Pack athletics supporter – is hoping that more Wolf Pack fans than Eagles fans will text in favor of Nevada. If they do, the Food Bank will receive the 20,000 meals.
“It’s a real competition, either our food bank or a Boston food bank will get the food, but the Food Bank of Northern Nevada has been hit very hard with the recession,” Jocelyn Lantrip, communications director for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, told KRNV Channel 4 News recently. “We could really use these meals and we know we have a competitive community here with the Pack.”
To help northern Nevada earn the meals, text the word “Nevada,” followed by zip code, to 71717. It is important to remember to leave a space between “Nevada” and zip code. The texts will be totaled all the way until kickoff on Jan. 9. One text per cell phone is allowed.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada estimates that 20,000 meals translates to about $5,000.
Early returns have indicated that Nevada’s fans are in the lead, according to KTVN News’ website. But with the Wolf Pack a touchdown favorite over the Eagles, Nevada’s fans are encouraged to keep voting right until kickoff.
To find out more, visit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s website at fbnn.org.