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Cougars, Utes join forces to fight hunger during annual food drive

Begins Nov. 5, will culminate Nov. 19 at BYU-U of U football game

One of the biggest rivalries between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah doesn’t take place on the football field.

BYU and the University of Utah will once again join forces this holiday season to replenish the food supplies and financial resources for the Utah Food Bank and United Way of Utah County.

The annual food drive will begin Saturday, Nov. 5, and conclude at the BYU/U of U football game Saturday, Nov. 19, in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

To capitalize on the emotion of one of the biggest football rivalries in college football, the alumni associations of both schools organized the annual food and money drive. Thousands of Utahans have already benefited from the hundreds of tons of food and money that have been collected since this food drive was organized 12 years ago.

All donations received from both schools will go directly to the Utah Food Bank and United Way of Utah County to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

“The annual BYU/University of Utah food drive helps families right here in Utah County,” said Bill Hulterstrom, president and CEO of United Way of Utah County. “The food bank, run by Community Action, provides tens of thousands of meals to families here in our community.”

Food collection bins will be placed at major locations around both campuses.

In 2004 the food fight was able to raise more than $22,000 and collect 43,752 pounds of non-perishable food.

To encourage an increase in donations from the local communities, both schools will have their bookstores traveling to various Gold’s Gyms across Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Donations of food and the purchase of Y or U marks can me made at these select locations. A Y or U mark is a creative flier that contains the color and logo of each particular school. Both a Y or U mark can be purchased for a dollar and all proceeds will go to the United Way.

The time, date and location when both bookstores will be at Gold’s Gyms are as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 14, from noon to 7 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 3952 West 3500 South, West Valley.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 7 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 7836 South Redwood Rd., West Jordan.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, from noon to 7 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 8020 South 1300 East, Sandy.

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, from noon to 7 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 460 North 900 East, Provo.

  • Friday, Nov. 18, from noon to 7 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 1259 South 800 East, Orem. Y or U marks can also be purchased at Del Taco restaurants throughout the state of Utah.

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