Generous in victory

Generous in victory

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank collected more than $2,200 -- and counting -- for the Food for Families drive at Saturday's Illinois-Ohio State game at Memorial Stadium.

It wasn't all from Illini fans. Food bank spokeswoman Cheryl Precious noted that Buckeye fans were "very generous to this community."

About 25 Ohio State volunteers signed up to help collect money during the food bank's first shift Saturday morning, and "they were really into it -- very enthusiastic, very vocal," Precious said.

No one kept an exact tally of donations from Buckeyes vs. Illini. But even the UI volunteers noticed that "from all four collection corners, Ohio State fans were more likely to whip out their wallets," Precious said.

That's probably because Illini fans are already giving to Food for Families in other ways, she allowed.

The food bank's goal is to raise $110,000 and collect 200,000 pounds of food during the two-week drive, which ends Oct. 16.

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