Reporting Bob Allen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers responded to the challenge on the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon, but prior to the game, fans took on a different kind of challenge.
Football wasn’t the only priority for the Steelers Nation at Heinz Field this weekend as many answered the call to donate food to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
“It’s inhumane like to ignore people, especially in this country, where we’ve got a lot of starving people,” said Kim Smith, a Steelers fan.
“[There] was some food in our cupboard that we weren’t going to use. We had a lot of it so we decided to bring it to the game with us to give to people who need it,” added Grace Rubright, another fan.
According to the Community Food Bank, the need for food among families in Western Pennsylvania is growing every day. Since August of 2008, the food bank has served nearly 3,000 new households a month.
“We’re looking for pretty much the staple items that people need,” said Patty Vandillen, of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “The most needed items being tuna, cereal, cans of soup.”
Fans could also donate money to the annual drive, which is sponsored by the Steelers and Giant Eagle.
“People are homeless, they need food, they need money, so just to help,” said Dave Brown, a fan.
“It’s a great thing to do for everybody involved in their community,” said Steelers fan Terry Sentz.
The goal at the end of the day was to load a truck with more than a ton of food.
If the Community Food Bank reaches that goal, Steelers fans will have donated enough food to create 300 meals for 11 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.