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Peanut Butter Jelly Time

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual Peanut Butter & Jelly challenge food drive in the lobby of the Richie Regan Athletic Center on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The event, now in its fifth year, sees student-athletes from nearly every varsity program come together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to benefit Eva's Village, a non-profit social service organization in Paterson, N.J., that provides shelter, food and treatment programs for the homeless.

This year more than 150 student-athletes gathered in the recreation center to make more than 1,700 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Eva's Kitchen, which serves 350 lunches 365 days a year to the homeless and working poor.

"It is good to represent the athletes at this school and we love to help out the community as much as we can," said freshman softball student-athlete Faith Laudano. "This is just a fun event to get involved with everybody and show how much we are a cohesive unit."

In the past the competition has pitted each of Seton Hall's varsity teams against one another in a free for all competition to see who could produce the most sandwiches.

This year the competition took on a little bit of a different flavor, well, mostly still peanut butter and jelly, but instead of each team competing on their own it was Seton Hall men's and women's student-athletes in direct competition.

The final tally was a landslide victory for the Pirates' female student-athletes as they made more than 1,100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to easily pass the men's team's tally of 590.

Next time the men's team will need to pick up the pace or development a new method if it hopes to compete with the women's dominating performance. However, in the end the result was 1,700 sandwiches that will help those in need in the community

"I think this is very important, especially to reach out to people in need," said sophomore baseball pitcher Jose Lopez. "It's a good cause and we are all competing. We are athletes so we kind of get competitive and this is a fun event."

To learn more about Eva's Village and the various charitable programs it provides, visit www.evasvillage.org.