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October 20, 2011

CIT Students Collect Items, Create Cookbook for Food Bank

SAECarnegie Mellon's Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Race Team will host "Racing Against Hunger" at noon on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Scaife Hall Garden.

The event, which features a racing demo of the new team car, will help to raise awareness of the need to combat malnutrition. The team is participating in the national USA Weekend's "Make A Difference Day" by collecting food and donating a homemade cookbook to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The team enlisted the help of the H.J. Heinz Company, which donated its Heinz 57 sauce to celebrate the racecar's number 57, and to help mark the brand's 100-year anniversary. Other food contributors include The Oakmont Bakery, the Frick Park Market in Point Breeze and Ruggeri's Deli in Squirrel Hill.

"We are so very pleased that Heinz is helping us because our team car this year drew the competitive racing number 57," said John Wiss, an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at CMU. "Our students are extremely dedicated to helping the community in novel ways."

Food Bank CEO Jermaine Husser said university students energize the whole community with their creativity and drive. "And their taking action to help others is the real hope for the future of this region and this nation."