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Ohio Soccer Volunteers for Local Food Bank

Ohio Soccer lent a helping hand at the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank's pancake breakfast on Saturday

Nov. 19, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Soccer student-athletes and coaches took some time out of their schedules this past Saturday to give back to the community in which they live. The Bobcats did this by volunteering at a pancake breakfast which benefited the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank.

Bobcat volunteers waited tables, prepared orders, made drinks, and washed dishes at a local restaurant as a part of the Food Bank's Pancake Breakfast event.

"It was a great event, especially at this time of year, to promote the needs of the food bank and also raise some much-needed funds for it," said Ohio Soccer Head Coach Stacy Strauss. "The food bank serves 10 counties in Southeast Ohio and given that we're in one of the poorest regions in the state, it is certainly a valuable resource to have."

The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from the government, major food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. The food is distributed to charitable feeding organizations (food pantries and soup kitchens) throughout 10 counties in Southeastern Ohio. The food is used in many programs geared toward providing food for the elderly, disabled, and children struggling with hunger.

To view photos from the event, please click the "photo gallery" link above.

In addition to its community service efforts, Ohio Soccer is a program which excels academically. The Bobcats recently earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic Award with a 3.43 grade-point average during the 2011-12 academic year.