Lyon Athletics to participate in food drive

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The Lyon College athletics department is participating in the Independence County United Way Super Bowl of Caring Food Drive competition from Jan. 16 until Feb. 1, as part of an NAIA Champions of Character project, according to press release from the department. Various canned goods will be collected by several locations in the Batesville area to help tackle hunger in Independence County.

The event is a competition between seven different locations in Batesville, as they collect as many canned goods for points until the Feb. 1 deadline. Points are distributed as follows: Ramen noodles, Vienna sausages, Easy Mac and canned vegetables are all worth one point; canned pasta, gummy snacks, coffee filters, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, animal crackers, and napkins are worth two points; Pop-Tarts, instant oatmeal, apple juice, cranberry juice, coffee creamer, plastic spoons and fruit cups are worth three points; peanut butter and individual boxes of cereal are worth four points; and coffee is worth five points. Monetary donations are also acceptable, as one point will be awarded to the respective drop off location for every dollar donated.

Residents of Independence County can drop off the items at Lyon College in a designated box in the athletics administration building between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Other area drop off locations include Centennial, Bank, Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Merchants & Planters Bank, Southern Bank and White River Medical Center.

Donations will be picked up every Thursday, and an updated point total by location will be posted to the United Way Facebook page every Thursday by 3 p.m. The food items collected will be distributed to local school backpack programs, food pantries and groups feeding hot meals to individuals in need.

The drop off location with the most points at the conclusion of the collection period will receive a Super Bowl Caring trophy. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 5, on the United Way’s Facebook page and by press release.

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