Penn State Berks Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Helps Out at Local Food Bank

Penn State Berks SAAC members pack plastic bags with potatoes while volunteering at the Greater Berks Food Bank.

READING, Pa. – The Penn State Berks Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had several members volunteer their time and services at the Greater Berks Food Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

During this visit, the SAAC members packed plastic bags with potatoes that were grown by local farms. The volunteers filled up three skids full of bagged potatoes that will be delivered to families around Berks County and the surrounding area in the near future.

It was the third time in less than a year that SAAC had made a visit to the nearby food bank. The committee also ran a food drive last holiday season, with all of the donations going to the Greater Berks Food Bank.

The Greater Berks Food Bank collects, stores and distributes food to more than 270 charitable agencies in the Berks area and surrounding counties. For more information on the Greater Berks Food Bank, please click here. To view a photo gallery of the volunteers hard at work, click here.

Below is a list of the participating members and their sport:
Logan Kurtz, Fr. (Baseball)
Christian Marcin, Fr. (Baseball)
Ryan Tantala, So. (Baseball)
Michael Porter, Fr. (Men’s Basketball)
Dontez Reid, Jr. (Men’s Basketball)
Emily Pufnock, So. (Women’s Basketball)
Casey Hafer, Fr. (Softball)
Katy Lutz, Fr. (Softball)

*Release and photo courtesy of Tyler Schueck, Penn State Berks sports information director


The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.