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Columbus Blue Jackets, Delaware North Sportservice to be Honored Sunday by U.S. EPA for Efforts to Distribute Unused Arena Food to those in Need

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The United States' Environmental Protection Agency will recognize the environmental achievements of the Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena's food service provider, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, on Sunday, March 20 during an in-game presentation as the Jackets host the New Jersey Devils. In conjunction with the partnership between the National Hockey League and Rock and Wrap It Up!, Sportservice packs up any prepared but uneaten concession food on Blue Jackets game nights for redistribution to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank's Second Servings program. So far this season, Sportservice has rerouted 2,294 pounds of food to the local agency.

Columbus is one of four NHL clubs to be honored by the EPA this season, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild. To date, the four clubs have combined to divert nearly 12 tons of waste from reaching landfills, while providing 18,000 meals to local community shelters.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year celebrates 40 years of tangible improvements to the health and the environment of the American people. The Agency is honoring Rock and Wrap It Up! and the National Hockey League for their participation in its WasteWise Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages participants to reduce, donate, and recycle as much of their food waste as possible, thereby saving money and protecting the environment.

In October, the National Hockey League announced a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up! to fight hunger and prevent waste across the United States and Canada. This season, all 30 of the League's Member Clubs have committed to work with RWU to pack up all prepared but unsold concession food on game nights for redistribution to local shelters and places of need. As of March 1, NHL Clubs have provided 120,000 meals while keeping more than 80 tons of food waste from landfills.

The Blue Jackets return to action tomorrow when they visit the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Xcel Energy Center is 2 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 1:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network – including flagship station 97.1 The Fan – and online at BlueJackets.com.

Single-game tickets for Blue Jackets home games, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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