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Aztecs Rock Hunger Returns

The annual food drive runs from Oct. 22 through Nov. 15
By Hallie Jacobs, Video by Jeneene Chatowsky
 

Did you know that 15 percent of San Diego residents live in food insecure households?

On the heels of its most successful food drive yet, Aztecs Rock Hunger returns with a new goal — to raise 300,000 pounds of food for San Diego families in need.

The food drive will run from Oct. 22 through Nov. 15. Last year, San Diego State University Associated Students raised 304,718 pounds of food, smashing its 250,000-pound goal.

For the first time in the history of Aztecs Rock Hunger, a percentage of proceeds from the food drive will stay on campus to help SDSU students who may be facing food insecurities. Ten percent of all monetary donations will be donated to SDSU's Economic Crisis Response Team which helps students facing economic crisis.

People will also be able to donate through SDSU Strive and SDSU's student philanthropy group, SDSU Aztec Proud. The groups will recognize all students who donate $10 to Aztecs Rock Hunger through the crowdfunding site and tabling events, as Aztec Proud student donors. 

"Hunger affects the lives of thousands of San Diego citizens and as members of the San Diego community we must stand up and ensure that we are giving back and supporting those around us," said Dominic Bilotti, vice president of financial affairs for Associated Students.

"The Aztecs Rock Hunger campaign allows the individual student to be empowered in such a way that they can impact the lives of many through their donations. No matter where you come from or what organization you are a part of, this campaign brings SDSU together for a common cause."

Donate now

There are four ways to donate to Aztecs Rock Hunger:

  • Make a monetary donation online
  • Make a financial contribution at any Aztec Market
  • Donate to the Aztec Proud Campaign
  • Place non-perishable food in the red bins throughout campus

SDSU partners with the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which helps to feed 370,000 people a month in the San Diego community and this last year distributed 22 million pounds of food.

Since 2007, universities in the San Diego area have competed in the Colleges  Rock Hunger challenge to donate food to local families in need. SDSU has won the Colleges Rock Hunger competition every year since its inception.