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Jackals Volunteer at Food Bank of the Southern Tier

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals got into the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday by lending a hand and spending Tuesday afternoon volunteering at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
"This was a great opportunity for us to get out and give back to the community that supports the Jackals so well. The folks at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier do great work and we were more than happy to spend some time there today and help them meet their needs," said Jackals general manager Matt Hufnagel.

With the entire Jackals team attending the volunteer day, the players were split into two groups. Once helped sort and package pasta that would be delivered to hunger-relief member agencies that work with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The other group spent the afternoon helping to pack donated items for the Food Bank's Backpack Program. The nine-man crew helped prepare 600 bags that will provide school children in the Southern Tier with nutritious and easy to prepare food.

The Jackals also held a food drive at their two home games last weekend to collect non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Thanks to the generosity of their fans, the Jackals were able to donate 1,575 pounds of food to the Food Bank.

Click here for a video recap of the Jackals volunteer work at Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

About Food Bank of the Southern Tier:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier commits itself to being the leading hunger-relief organization in the Southern Tier of New York State. We will distribute quality food through our network of hunger-relief agencies, develop innovative programs and expand local, community, statewide and national partnerships. It was established in 1981 as a a special program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. In 2011, the Food Bank distributed 7,460,285 pounds of food to 165 member agencies, and its service area includes Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties,
covering nearly 4,000 square miles.

In addition to food and other grocery items, the Food Bank provides assistance and technical support to hunger-relief agencies. Services include door-to-door weekly deliveries; nutrition education workshops, and outreach materials; food safety and sanitation training; access to operational support and capital equipment grants; volunteer recruitment; fundraising; and networking opportunities with other social service agencies.

Mark your calendars! The Jackals are back on First Arena ice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to take on the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m. The Jackals are hosting Pack the House Night where all seats in the arena are on sale for just $5! There is also an exclusive post-game reception for Jackals season ticket holders in the First Arena Restaurant and the Jackals Den.Call 607-734-7825 to for more information on Pack the House Night. Pro-rated season ticket packages are on sale, as well. Season tickets offer the best value for Jackals fans.      

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Upcoming Events:

November 21, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Greenville Road Warriors. Pack the House Night and Post-Game Reception for Season Ticket Holders. All seats at First Arena are on sale for $5 and there is an exclusive hour-long post-game reception with the team for Jackals season ticket holders. Willowcreek Wednesday. Click here for tickets.

November 23, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. South Carolina Stingrays. Demet's Turtle Toss.  Click here for tickets.

November 24, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. South Carolina Stingrays. T-Shirt Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans courtesy of Big Fox. Click here for tickets.

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