Barbarians Rugby look to stamp out hunger with new goal for July 1st food drive.

The Milwaukee Barbarians Athletic Club today announced a new 200-pound goal for their annual food drive benefiting the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. The food drive doubles last year’s goal of 100 pounds and will again be held at Veterans Park in conjunction with the Lakefront 7s Rugby Festival this Saturday, July 1st.

While this only the second year the Milwaukee rugby team has organized a food drive, the Barbarians have been organizing the rugby festival continuously since 1982.

“With the 35th anniversary of our event approaching, last year we decided it was high-time we gave something back to the local community,” said Lakefront 7s director Erik Schleicher. “With our ongoing commitment to running the festival every year, we expect food donations to increase dramatically.” 

The Hunger Task Force will accept most non-perishable items but some items are preferred such as:

  • peanut butter
  • fruits canned in their own juice
  • low-sodium canned vegetable
  • lean protein sources such as canned chicken, tuna, and beans
  • whole grain foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, and multigrain pasta
  • health snacks such as granola, nuts, and breakfast bars

Donated items can be dropped off at Veterans Park on Saturday, July 1st between 8AM and 6PM. Numerous Hunger Task Force collection boxes will be placed throughout the park. Admission to the park and the rugby festival is free, though Milwaukee County independently manages parking at the event ($5). 

A number of local businesses are also collecting items including Herzing University, CH Hansen, Rogers University Hospital, Sunny Slope Dental Care, Good City Brewery, and Chiropractic Company.

Athletico East Side is also participating and has set up a public collection box at 2615 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. 

More information can be found online on the Lakefront 7s website.

Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

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