Hunger Bowl raising money for St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry

Hunger Bowl raising money for St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A solid high school football matchup is set for Friday night between Mater Dei and Memorial, but there’s a cause in play that’s bigger than just the game itself.

It’s always a good rivalry when these two schools get together. However, both groups are teaming up to help the needy in the annual Hunger Bowl game.

This fourth annual fundraiser raises money for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry. The Knights of Columbus of southwest Indiana have partnered with Evansville Catholic schools to help raise money through school activities, as well as pass a collection bucket around during the game.

“Parents always have extra expenses connected with going back to school, so in the fall, families do struggle,” Sister Donna Herr, manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry said. “At this particular time, there are many needs in the community and the need for food is very basic. The kids at Mater Dei and Memorial have been wonderful in raising money for that event.”

Last year, over $6,000 was raised, and despite the crowd size being limited this year, they’re still hoping the community will support the cause.

For those who can’t make it to the game, organizers say people can donate food or money directly to Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry.

Memorial and Mater Dei kick off at the Reitz Bowl on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

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