Hunger doesn’t choose sides, but we can in the fight against it! The “Civil War Food Battle” is a contest between “Duck” fans and “Beaver” fans to see who can generate the most donations for local food banks. Through a unique partnership with the Oregon Food Bank Network, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, we can battle hunger together –Civil War style!

“We are teaming up to create a mobile text drive that will reach participants state-wide and encourage football fans to text a $5.00 or $10.00 donation to help feed our hungry neighbors,” says Darrel Kau, FOOD For Lane County Development Director. “With the sobering truth that Oregon is the second hungriest state in the nation, the opportunity to rally together around the Civil War game to raise money for all 20 food banks in the state is fantastic.”

Earlier this year, Americans used their cell phones to send text messages pledging more than $30 million for Haiti Disaster relief efforts, according to Mobile Giving Foundation. Applying that model to hunger relief, FOOD For Lane County applied to MGF to establish the four (4) keywords being used for the “Civil War Food Battle” text campaign. Texting GoDucks5 or GoBeavs5 to 20222 will result in a $5.00 donation. Texting GoDucks10 or GoBeavs10 to 20222 will give a $10.00 donation. The one-time donation will be added to your monthly cell phone bill.

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