AUBURN, Maine – The Bates women's soccer and field hockey teams combined efforts over the weekend, teaming up on Saturday, February 7 at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in nearby Auburn.
Both teams began their relationship with the food bank in the spring of 2014 as a way to better serve the Lewiston-Auburn community.
"Community engagement is two-fold for Bates women's soccer," head coach Kelsy Ross said. "It provides our student-athletes with an opportunity to take pause and look at the 'bigger picture' and working together in a non-soccer environment as a team bonding experience."
In their efforts, the Bobcats were able to inspect and sort 4,800 lbs. of food, equating to 4,000 meals for Maine families. They also packaged 640 Senior Brown Bags aiding 320 senior citizen households.
"Not only were we able to help fight hunger in Maine with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, we were also able to share some of the core values that makes the Bobcat community special," said junior women's soccer player, Karen Lockhart.
Bates field hockey head coach Dani Ryder was happy to have her team help in any way possible.
"This was a wonderful opportunity for the women's soccer and field hockey teams to work together with a great local organization," Ryder said. "The Good Shepherd Food Bank helps families across all 16 counties in Maine; an incredibly large task."
As the largest food distributor in the state of Maine, GSFB delivers 17.5 million meals a year to those in need. According to the Good Shepherd website, the organization is also leading a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships.
To learn more about the Good Shepherd Food Bank or how you can help, visit their website at http://www.gsfb.org/.