SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –South Dakota State reclaimed the Summit League "Food Fight" title by collecting more than 40,000 pounds of food to edge defending champion Omaha and claim its seventh crown in 11 years. The Jackrabbits' winning total was 40,607.43 lbs.
Last year's champion, Omaha, finished second and collected 40,389 total lbs. The Mavericks were followed by Denver (14,010.20 lbs.), who took third place and increased its total from last year by more than 2,500 lbs.
South Dakota collected over 9,900 lbs. of food to claim fourth. The Coyotes were followed by North Dakota State and Oral Roberts, whom each took in more than 8,000 lbs. for their local food pantries.
League newcomer North Dakota accumulated nearly 3,000 lbs., while Purdue Fort Wayne collected over 1,800 lbs. and Western Illinois brought in roughly 1,000 lbs.
Each of the nine Summit League schools had one week scheduled around a fall athletic event and one week designated around a winter/spring athletic event to collect the food items. Total amounts were calculated from non-perishable food, cash and online donations. This year's total collection of 126,772 lbs. is the second largest amount since the program's inception.
In the program's 11 years, more than 855,600 lbs. of food have been collected for local Summit League communities.
"Food Fight" Champions
2009 – Oakland
2010 – South Dakota State
2011 – Oakland
2012 – Southern Utah
2013 – South Dakota State
2014 – South Dakota State
2015 – South Dakota State
2016 – South Dakota State
2017 – South Dakota State
2018 – Omaha
2019 – South Dakota State