LOUDONVILLE — Siena men’s basketball is once again partnering with Hannaford Supermarkets for the Saints’ fourth annual food-drive game in support of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
“The community is so big for us, and [so is] teaching our players what it's all about — giving back,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said Wednesday during a press conference at the school’s campus to announce this year’s event. “Just excited to support this great cause. . . . I already encouraged my [coaching] staff to make sure they all brought three non-perishable items to the game. It's just a great cause to make sure that everyone knows that there's always someone out there in need, and that we can always do something to help.”
At Friday’s MAAC game against Marist at the Times Union Center in Albany, fans can drop off non-perishable food items at a station on the concourse level outside sections 104 and 105, from the start of the game until the start of the second half. Any fan who donates at least three non-perishable items will receive a voucher for two free tickets to a future Siena home game this season.
“The collection will start as soon as the doors open at 6 p.m., ahead of the game, so if you get there early you can also find us,” Hannaford Supermarkets community relations specialist Brian Fabre said. “We’re going to be on the concourse level, right by sections 104 and 105, taking all those collections, and we will also be there through halftime. So, even if you don’t make it for the start of the game, by all means, stop and see us before you take your seats.”
Last year’s event brought in approximately 1,460 pounds of food.
“What the food bank does is we work with food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other agencies in 23 counties — all of eastern New York — to help provide food to them so they can serve food to people in their communities,” Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Mark Quandt said
Siena is 7-9 on the season, including a 3-4 mark in MAAC play. The Saints are 7-0 at the Times Union Center this season.
“Anytime we have a chance to give back here at Siena,” Maciariello said of Friday’s food drive, “we want to make sure we do that.”
James Donovan is an intern at The Daily Gazette. He is a senior at Niskayuna High School.