Rookie forward JaKarr Sampson and the St. John's baksetball team helped to prepare food for 1,800 Bay Area families on Sunday morning at the San Francisco Food Bank.
Dec. 2, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -
Less than 24 hours after winning their fourth-straight game in Queens, head coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm men's basketball team travelled 2,500 miles and were working toward another victory.
Yesterday's opponent was NJIT, who the Red Storm dismantled, 57-49, to move to 6-2 on the year. Sunday's opponent was entirely different in nature -- hunger in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Red Storm, in the "City By the Bay" to take on the USF Dons on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on SNY, is already making the most of its trip and embracing St. John's University's Vincentian Mission of helping those in need.
The team arrived at the San Francisco Food Bank at 9 a.m. PT Sunday morning after checking into the team hotel well past midnight. The 30-man group joined 22,000 others who volunteered at the large food-distribution agency this year.
One of the largest facilities of its kind nationally, the SF Food Bank serves all local food distribution agencies, such as soup kitchens, churches, and Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco and Marin County, Calif.
"This really shows what St. John's stands for, giving back to the community, and helping people who are not able to help themselves," said senior big man God'sgift Achiuwa, a member of St. John's University's prestigious President's Society. "To be part of this program and this institution is a privilege, for us it's not just about coming to school and playing basketball. It's more than that."
The SF Food Bank distributed 49.9 million pounds of food in 2011 and will record a similar total in 2012. One in four San Franciscans are in need of food services. To volunteers or make a donation, please visit www.sffoodbank.org.