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Holtz’s Heroes Foundation and Meals With Muffet Collect 981 Pounds of Food for Local Food Pantries

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Holtz’s Heroes Foundation and Meals With Muffet Collect 981 Pounds of Food for Local Food Pantries
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly

This past Friday afternoon the Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, in conjunction with Meals With Muffet, held their second annual Corn Hole Tournament (photos below) and collected 981 pounds of food for local food pantries. A great crowd was on hand for a boisterous corn hole competition while food was collected to help box out hunger. If you weren’t able to stop by the event to donate some food, there are still ways to participate!


In her retirement, former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw has spent her time boxing out hunger and leading neighborhood food drives in South Bend. Now, she’s inviting you to get off the sidelines and join Meals With Muffet.

Meals With Muffet is a nationwide food drive for clubs, groups, families, and individuals to team up in the fight against hunger in their communities. In the United States, more than 37 million people, and more than 11 million children, remain food insecure. Our goal is to collect 250,000 pounds of food during September, which is National Hunger Action Month.

Meals With Muffet is a partnership between Coach McGraw, Bread of Life Drive, Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc., and the Notre Dame Alumni Association. As a sign of appreciation, if you participate, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a signed basketball from Coach McGraw or a signed football from a member of Holtz’s Heroes. Together, we can join forces to defeat hunger!

Join us as we team up to beat hunger!


Getting involved with Meals With Muffet is simple.

1. Coordinate your group

Decide whether you want to participate as an individual, a family, or a group. Then, contact your group and set up a time and location that works best.

2. Contact your local food bank

Contact your local food bank to inform them of your project, discuss a preferred drop-off time, and cover any regulations. (This tool from Feeding America can help you find your local organization.) Some food banks may not be collecting items at this time. If so, you can still get involved with Meals With Muffet by making a monetary donation to your local food bank.

3. Publicize your food drive

Consider using flyers, local media, or social media to promote your drive. Be sure to include important information, like date, time, location, and goal, as well as any pertinent social distancing guidelines. Include contact information for questions. During the drive, snap photos and share on social media by using #MealsWithMuffet.

4. Collect and deliver

Finally, get your team together and collect food! Be sure to stay hydrated and follow any local social distancing protocols. Keep track of your total donations, and deliver to help feed those in need in your community.

Please use this form to track your collection and to be entered into the drawing for prizes from Meals With Muffet. If you were part of a group, please only submit information once.


Muffet McGraw

Muffet McGraw was Notre Dame’s women’s basketball coach from 1987-2020. In her 33 seasons, McGraw went 848-252 (.771), winning two National Championship titles (2001, 2018), and 25 regular-season and conference tournament championships. McGraw was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 and ranks sixth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches with 936 career wins.

A lifelong advocate for social justice and women’s equality, McGraw has expanded her efforts to hunger relief in retirement. You can follow her on Twitter, @MuffetMcGraw.

Bread of Life Drive

The Bread of Life Drive (BOLD) is an annual food drive organized by the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island. BOLD collections take place in the spring to bridge the gap between holiday food drives and to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

The Notre Dame Club of Staten Island organized the first BOLD in 1992 in recognition of the University’s 150-year anniversary. Since its inception, the Staten Island BOLD has collected more than 1,285,000 non-perishable food items, inspiring similar food drives from Notre Dame clubs across the country. To learn more about BOLD, watch this video from its 25-year anniversary or visit the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island website.

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc.

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc., named in honor of Coach Lou Holtz and his players at Notre Dame, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance for the educational needs of underserved students and supporting charitable and educational activities and organizations within the communities of its members.

Holtz’s Heroes supports the Lou’s Lads Endowed Scholarship, the Bobby Satterfield Fund, and has partnered with Bread of Life Drives since 2015.

Notre Dame Alumni Association

The Notre Dame Alumni Association works for the University’s alumni, parents, and friends, to strengthen the bonds to Notre Dame and each other. It helps them thrive in faith, service, learning, and work and inspires them to act as forces for good in their communities and the world.

Here are a few photos from last Friday’s event!

Participants at the 2022 Holtz’s Heroes Foundation corn hole tournament.
Photo Credit: Michelle Szajko
Jeremy & Angie Akers with Coach McGraw
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Notre Dame Alumna, Haley Scott DeMaria
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Former Notre Dame Football Player, Te’von Coney
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Some friendly banter among competitors.
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
A good time was had by all. (Ryan Kiner making his shot.)
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
The leprechaun and cheerleaders stopped by.
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Reggie Brooks congratulates the winners.
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Muffet McGraw and Reggie Brooks with the winning team.
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly
Loading up food to take to the local food bank.
Photo Credit: Lisa Kelly

Cheers & GO IRISH!