HawkPride: “Hunger Games” nets 428 lbs. of food and $517 for Hawks’ Nest

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Brandon Harris, Rochelle Taylor, Kirk Bradley in the Hawks’ Nest.

The HFC Athletics Department collected more than 428 lbs. of food items and $517 in monetary donations for The Hawks’ Nest as a result of its participation in the “Hunger Games” at the February 21 men’s basketball game.

The money and the food items have been donated to The Hawks’ Nest, HFC’s student food pantry. The Hawks’ Nest operates on generous donations from our campus and local community. It is available to any registered HFC student.

“We are very grateful to the HFC community and our fans who generously donated to the ‘Hunger Games,’” said HFC Student Activities Associate Brandon Harris.

HFC is the runner-up for the second consecutive year in the “Hunger Games”

The “Hunger Games” is the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA)’s annual non-perishable food collection competition among participating colleges. The Hunger Games has been fostering a competitive spirit focused on giving back to local communities since 2014. The 24 member institutions select a men’s and women’s conference basketball home game where they encourage fans to donate canned food and nonperishable food items.

The donations are tallied and delivered to local community food pantries. At the end of the conference season, the MCCAA crowns the winner of the contest with the Hunger Games Plaque. Overall, the educational institutions were able to provide 9,833 meals to their respective community food banks in 2024. Thanks to the generosity of our community, HFC provided 3,531 meals and was ranked second in total meals provided in 2024 for the second consecutive year.

“This was a true team effort, and we thank the Student Activities staff, student volunteers, and – of course – our fans and supporters for stepping up to help fight food insecurity on the HFC campus. We gladly accept the runner-up spot for the second year in a row, and we are keeping our eye on the grand prize next year,” said HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor

Donations needed

Now that the “Hunger Games” are over, the Hawks’ Nest needs continuing donations. Here is a list of the items most needed.

The Hawks’ Nest can accept nonperishable 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 may make a monetary donation online through the HFC Foundation Office. Be sure to select “The Hawks’ Nest Food Pantry.”

You may also donate by mail. Please make your checks out to “The Henry Ford College Foundation” and include “The Hawks’ Nest” in the memo line. Mail the check to:

The Henry Ford College Foundation
Welcome Center
5101 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128

For questions or more information about making a donation, contact the HFC Foundation at 313-317-6839.

The Hawks’ Nest hours

HFC Students: The hours of The Hawks’ Nest in Room L-138 in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) (Building L on the main campus) are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Appointments and walk-ins are welcome for all enrolled HFC students. You must bring your HFC student ID. There is no minimum credit-hour requirement, and you do not have to prove need.

For questions or more information, contact 313-317-6529 or hawksnest@hawkmail.hfcc.edu.