COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Alumni Association is sponsoring the Beat Hunger Bowl Challenge in conjunction with the Buckeyes’ appearance in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5, 2009.

The Beat Hunger Bowl Challenge is a nationwide food drive powered by the Association and its constituent groups. Alumni groups around the country are being encouraged to adopt and support a food pantry in their area. The Association itself is directing its efforts to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

“In these challenging economic times it’s important for all people to support those who are less fortunate,” said Alumni Association president and CEO Archie Griffin. “Food banks throughout the country are really in need and we are encouraging all Ohio State alumni and friends to lend a hand by supporting food pantries in their area.”

This is the second year the Alumni Association has conducted a charitable initiative in conjunction with the Buckeyes’ bowl appearance. Last year, the Alumni Association fund drive for the Recovery School District in New Orleans netted that district nearly $70,000.

The food drive will continue through Jan. 31. For more information on the Beat Hunger Bowl Challenge, visit the Association Web site at

The Alumni Association is a dues-supported organization of graduates, former students, and friends of the university with more than 125,000 members. For more than 125 years, the Alumni Association has been dedicated to connecting alumni, friends and students to enhance and strengthen the traditions and reputation of The Ohio State University.