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HawkPride: “Hunger Games” nets 1,450 food items and $600 for Hawks’ Nest

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Rochelle Taylor and 2 students posing in front of the food donations.

The HFC Athletics Department collected more than 1,450 canned goods and non-perishable food items, as well $600 at the door, as part of its participation in the “Hunger Games” at Feb. 28’s HFC Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.

The “Hunger Games” is the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA)’s annual non-perishable food collection competition among participating colleges. The MCCAA “Hunger Games” has been fostering a competitive spirit focused on giving back to local communities since 2014. All 23 member institutions select a men’s and women’s conference basketball home game where they encourage fans to donate canned food and nonperishables.

The donations are delivered to community food pantries. At the end of the conference season, the MCCAA crowns the winner of the competition with the Hunger Games plaque. In 2022, the MCCAA Hunger Games collected 4,400 pounds of donations for food pantries.

“We should know how we finished against the other MCCAA institutions that sponsored the Hunger Games next month,” said HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor.

Money and food items donated to the Hawks’ Nest

The money and the food items are donated the Hawks’ Nest, HFC’s free food and personal items pantry available to any registered HFC student. The Hawks' Nest operates on generous donations from our campus and local community.

“We’re grateful to the HFC community and our fans who helped us provide 2,975 meals during our campaign,” said Taylor.

HFC Student Activities Associate Mandy Earl also expressed her gratitude.

“The Hawks' Nest is so grateful to the HFC Athletics Department for hosting the Hunger Games again this year to benefit the Hawks' Nest and support our HFC students,” said Earl. “We would not be able to offer this service for our students without the support of our HFC community and local community members.”

Donations still needed

The Hunger Games help, but the Hawks’ Nest still needs donations. The items needed most are:

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Muffin/Pancake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Fruit (no applesauce)
  • Canned Vegetables (no corn or green beans)
  • Soup
  • Chili
  • Canned Beans (pinto, kidney, garbanzo, etc.)
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Chef Boyardee (beefaroni, ravioli, lasagna, etc.)
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Tuna
  • Mac-n-Cheese
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Rice
  • Snack items (granola bars, nuts, cheese and crackers, etc.)
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Soap and Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste

The Hawks’ Nest can accept non-perishable food items only. All items must be new, unexpired, and unopened. Food items should be at least two months prior to their published expiration date. Please do not donate expired food items, as they have to be discarded, which requires extra work by our volunteers. Please check the expiration dates carefully.

Monetary donations are also accepted. You have the option to make a monetary donation online through the HFC Foundation Office. Be sure to select the Hawks’ Nest when donating.

Winter 2023 semester hours

HFC Students: the Hawks’ Nest hours for the remainder of the Winter 2023 semester will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Please email to schedule an appointment. Or stop by during open hours with your student ID.

For questions or more information, contact Earl at 313-317-1756 or