MONTICELLO, Ill. (WCIA) — Game 3 of Tackle Hunger kicks off Friday, 7 pm. The St. Thomas More Sabers face off against the Sages, but the teams are also working toward a common goal: feeding families in need.
The schools are fundraising for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which covers 18 counties across 14,500 square miles. The foodbank provides food for 58,000 people each month. Each dollar donated is equivalent to five meals for families.
Students at Monticello High School also participated in a pie-in-the-face competition. The LifeSavers Club set up four jars for the school’s head football coach, senior teacher, principal and athletic director. The faculty member with the most “points” (a.k.a. money) raised at the end of the week was pied in the face. Kolton Knuffman, the lead tackle for the Sages, pied athletic director Dan Sheehan in the face.
Tackle Hunger hopes to raise 150,000 meals for the Central Illinois area this football season. The totals from this week’s game will be counted and announced during Friday Football Fever on WCIA-3 News at 10 pm.