Klamath Falls, Oregon – The Oregon Tech Athletic Department, in collaboration with ASOIT, is gearing up for an impactful community event that combines sportsmanship with a cause. The annual Black-Out For Hunger basketball games are set to take place this Friday night at Danny Miles Court.
This event is not just any ordinary game night; it’s a concerted effort to rally the community against hunger, with the nationally-ranked Lady Owls and Hustlin’ Owls welcoming Evergreen State for a compelling doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.
Fans attending the games are encouraged to dress in black as a sign of unity for the cause and are asked to bring canned food or non-perishable food items. These donations will benefit the Klamath-Lake Counties food bank, an organization that has been serving the community for 35 years.
OIT students, faculty, staff, or community members who contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation at the game will be rewarded with a free Black-Out T-shirt, while supplies last.
The significance of these contributions cannot be overstated. Each dollar donated to the Food Bank can secure about 10 pounds of food or create approximately eight meals. Over the past year, the Food Bank has provided food assistance to nearly 5,100 households, helping in the preparation of 500,000 meals for children, seniors, the homeless, and disabled individuals. On a weekly basis, about 32,000 pounds of food are distributed to those in need.
The beneficiaries of the food bank’s services are diverse, including seniors, people with disabilities, cancer treatment patients, hospice patients, individuals affected by job loss or reduced work hours, single parents, families with special needs children, veterans, and those temporarily in need who are reluctant to seek public assistance. The food bank’s reach is extensive, covering an 18,000-square-mile area that includes numerous communities such as Klamath Falls, Chemult, and Lakeview, among others.