A day after No. 1 Minnesota picked up a 4-1 win over No. 2/3 Notre Dame on Tuesday at Mariucci Arena, the two hockey programs met again on Wednesday. This time, however, the competition was slightly less intense and benefited a great cause.
The Gophers and the Irish both spent early Wednesday evening volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minn., packing food for children in need in Haiti. The two hockey programs packed 104 boxes, which is the equivalent of more than 22,000 meals. In a friendly packing competition, Notre Dame earned retribution for Tuesday's game, packing one more box than the Gophers on Wednesday.
"We made it into a friendly competition, and they beat us, but it's about feeding the children and getting as many boxes as we could," Minnesota junior captain Zach Budish said. "I thought it was a fun event, great for team bonding, and it was for a good cause."
A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to nearly 70 countries, where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and other building blocks of healthy communities. Last year FMSC produced 133 million meals, maintained its seventh consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator and spent 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry. To find out more about FMSC, including the location of their seven packing sites, go to fmsc.org.
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