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Fiesta Bowl rivals team up to help food bank

PHOENIX — They may be rivals in the Fiesta Bowl, but Ducks and Wildcats teamed up Thursday morning to help fight hunger.

About 100 students and supporters from Kansas State and Oregon visited St. Mary’s Food Bank to help pack boxes of food.

“We thought we could all come together and work together before we battle it out on the football field tonight,” said Sarah Smith-Benanti, development assistant of student affairs at Oregon.

Smith-Benanti said the school worked with the food bank two years ago when Oregon played in the BCS national championship game.

Kansas State vice president Pat Boscow said the latest event is an opportunity to teach their students about giving back.

“It’s one small step in the process of educating young people about the commitment to community service, civic engagement, and caring about someone else,” Boscow said.

St. Mary’s Food Bank estimated the volunteers packed about 1,600 boxes.