Aztecs Rock Hunger 2020




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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “Helllo, my name is Victor Penera, Associated Students Vice President of Financial Affairs and Chair of the Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership Team. This year was a year like no other.”

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Moving image of three people in a online meeting room smiling

Victor Panera voiceover: “As we transitioned our campaign to a completely virtual environment,”

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Moving image of three people in a online meeting room smiling

Victor Panera voiceover: “We encountered many challenges,”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “But with those challenges also new opportunities, new ways of reaching as many people as we could.”

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Image of a man smiling and giving a thumbs of

Victor Panera voiceover: “We did that this year through our presence on social media,”

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Image of 2 men standing, holding signs for the 5K and a woman in a wheelchair holding a sign for the 5K

Victor Panera voiceover: “Our first ever Aztecs Rock Hunger Virtual 5K and the”

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Image of an apple watch with the time of 1:42:51 pictured with the 5K race bib

Victor Panera voiceover: “Get Together, Give Back faculty and staff event. But most importantly, through all of this,”

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Image of a man and woman holding boxes in a warehouse

Victor Panera voiceover: “The one thing that remained constant, was our commitment to fight food insecurity.”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “The goal of this year’s campaign was to raise 650,000 pounds of food and that number came directly from the amount of people that the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank has served since the pandemic began last spring. Before the pandemic hit, the San Diego Food Bank served an average 350,000 San Diego residents a month, since March that number has skyrocketed to over 600,000 people. Our community needed us and will continue to need us, which is why now more than ever,”

Text: Now more than Ever

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Image of Aztecs Rock Hunger poster on ways to donate

Victor Panera voiceover: “we knew we had to do everything we could to fight food insecurity”

Image of Aztecs Rock Hunger Donation poster in a cash box

Victor Panera voiceover: “in our San Diego community and on our own SDSU campus.”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “Aztecs Rock Hunger not only supports the San Diego Food Bank, it also supports our own SDSU students through the A.S. Food Pantry and the Economic Crisis Response Team. Since it began, the A.S. Food Pantry has served thousands of students,”

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Image of cans of food in red and black bins at the A.S. Food Pantry

Text: on average, 100,000 lbs of food every year.

Victor Panera voiceover: “and has distributed on average”

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Image of the A.S. Mobile Food Pantry banner and red and black bins full of produce

Victor Panera voiceover: “100,000 lbs of food every year.”

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Image of the A.S. Food Pantry with red and black bins full of food on tables covered with black tablecloths

Victor Panera voiceover: “Additionally, Aztecs Rock Hunger contributes 20%”

Text: Aztecs Rock Hunger contributes 20% of all monetary donations to the Economic Crisis Response Team

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Image of red and black bins full of food

Victor Panera voiceover: “of all monetary donations to the”

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Image of non-perishable food displayed on a table

Victor Panera voiceover: “Economic Crisis Response Team, which assists students who are experiencing food insecurity,”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “housing insecurity and any other unforeseen financial crisis. A statistic I would like to share with you all is that in Fall 2019, the Economic Crisis Response Team served about 200 students. From March through September of this year alone, they have served over 1,200 students. The increase in need for both students and San Diego residents has reached an all time high, and that’s what kept us moving forward. Despite all of the obstacles and challenges that we faced, we knew that now more than ever, our community needed us, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all of you.

On behalf of Associated Students and the Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership Team, I want to thank all of our incredible campus and community partners for their support, time, and collaboration on this important initiative.”

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“Aztec Shops, Aztec Proud and Alumni Engagement, Celebrating Aztec Faculty and Staff Committee, A.S. Boards, Committees, Commissions and College Councils, Residence Halls, Student Organizations, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, The College Area Business District and the College Area businesses that participated” listed to the right of the screen

Victor Panera voiceover: “Many thanks to: Aztec Shops, Aztec Proud and Alumni Engagement, Celebrating Aztec Faculty and Staff Committee, A.S. Boards, Committees, Commissions and College Councils, Residence Halls, Student Organizations, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, The College Area Business District and the College Area businesses that participated”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “To the many students who volunteered their time and helped spread the word via social media. You were all so instrumental to this year’s campaign. Aztecs Rock Hunger is led by Associated Students, but it wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of our entire San Diego and SDSU community. So with that, I thank you all!”

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Images popping up surrounding Victor, of people smiling, wearing masks and driving in the car.

Victor Panera: “And to all of YOU, students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and community members, both near and far, who contributed and rallied your friends, families and colleagues to participate in this year’s campaign.”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “Thank you. Every reminder, every mention and every dollar truly made a difference. It was inspiring to see members of our SDSU family on the East Coast, in the South and in the Bay Area”

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Aztecs Rock Hunger Virtual 5K registration poster, Aztecs Rock Hunger logo on the left and registration information on the right

Victor Panera: voice over: “register for the 5K and entire families participating in the 5k. Specifically Quantum Design, who sponsored all 91 of their employees to participate in this year’s 5K. It was also very moving to see faculty and staff come together to learn about food insecurity”

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Image of the Get together Give Back poster, black background with white text and red hands making a heart

Victor Panera: voice over: “and generously donate at the Get Together, Give Back virtual event,”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “as well as local businesses asking how they can help fight food insecurity too. Not only did this year’s campaign raise awareness of food insecurity, it also united our entire community under the one goal of supporting others. Aztecs Rock Hunger has made an impact and will continue to impact the lives of so many people in our community, because of all of YOU! So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all so much!

It is now my pleasure to introduce Dr. Adela de la Torre, President of San Diego State University.”

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Adela de la Torre, President of San Diego State University, standing in an office

Adela de la Torre: “Congratulations to everyone on a successful Aztecs Rock Hunger food campaign. I want to also acknowledge the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Aztecs Shops, our Alumni Engagement team, as well as all the students who were involved in the Aztecs Rock Hunger campaign. Today, more than ever, we need the support of our students in defeating hunger that surrounds our community. And today we have been successful in achieving an important goal in tackling that problem here at San Diego State. Thank you all for your participation. And thank you for this wonderful contribution to our community and to the region.”

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Victor Panera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs, sitting at a desk in an office.

Victor Panera: “Thank you President de la Torre for all of your kind words and consistent support of Aztecs Rock Hunger. Throughout this year’s campaign, I have been able to get to know Jim Floros, and although we have not been able to meet in person yet, he has served as an inspiring voice to all of us those who worked on Aztecs Rock Hunger.

So it is now my pleasure to introduce Jim Floros, President and CEO of the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank.”

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Jim Floros, President and CEO of Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, standing in front of a green wall

Jim Floros: “The Aztecs Rock Hunger Food Drive is by far one of our favorite food drives throughout the year. It is so inspiring to see tomorrow’s leaders coming together, raise a lot of food for a lot of people in need in our community. Through the years, millions and millions of pounds have been raised and they go to benefit people right here in our community.

Now you set a lofty goal this year, but we know that because of COVID all the old rules don’t apply, so just know that no matter how much you raised that it’s going to go right to work helping those in need in our community. So thank you so much for your past support and all your efforts this year.”

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Moving images of students holding up numbers

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Reveal of students holding signs that say 344,137lbs

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Image with text stating 344,137 lbs

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Text with Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

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The Associated Student Logo with a zoom out to the Associated Students logo centered, surrounded by the Aztec Rock Hunger, Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Aztec Shops, Aztec Proud, San Diego State University and ECRT logos.