Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison might be a long way from Los Angeles, but their fans took advantage of an opportunity to connect with some of the city's people in need.
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles brought together about 100 of the two schools' students and alumni in Van Nuys Monday morning to pack food for the needy, just before the volunteers got ready to cheer for their teams at the 2013 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena on Tuesday. (See video.)
It's the second straight year that JFS and its SOVA Community Food and Resource Program has organized the project.
"We're so pleased that our return to the Rose Bowl also continues this tradition of service," Argyle Wade, associate dean of students at UW-Madison, said in a statement. "Community engagement is an integral part of the Wisconsin Experience and the Wisconsin Idea. We welcome any opportunity to expand the borders of the university even farther than those of the state."
Stanford alumna Naila Iscandari, the volunteer organizer for her school's participation in the event, said: "Volunteering at JFS-SOVA is a wonderful opportunity for alumni, family and friends to continue Stanford's longstanding spirit and tradition of community service."