Rouses donates 1,000 food items to Nicholls CAN! drive

THIBODAUX – As part of its partnership with Nicholls State University’s Department of Athletics, Rouses Markets donated 1,000 canned food items to the Nicholls CAN! food drive.

“Along with sponsoring Nicholls athletics, Rouses supports local food banks year-round, so this initiative seemed like the perfect fit,” said Tim Acosta, Rouses marketing director. “We hope that our donation helps bring more awareness and gets more people involved with such a good cause.”

In August, Rouses became the official grocer of Nicholls athletics. As part of its corporate sponsorship, Rouses agreed to donate up to 2,000 cans a year. The company will donate 1,000 cans for the Nicholls CAN! drive this spring. Additionally, the 12 Rouses stores in the Bayou Region will feature Nicholls athletics merchandise, banners, schedule posters, football game programs and other promotional materials.

“When athletics approached Rouses, we asked for not just financial support but also a true partnership in our community efforts,” said Brandon Ruttley, associate athletics director for external affairs.  “Nicholls athletics is grateful for Rouses’ sponsorship, and we look forward to more community projects that build upon the co-branding of Nicholls and Rouses.”

The Nicholls CAN! drive will continue through Monday, Oct. 15. For a list of drop-off locations and other ways to contribute, visit


CUTLINE: Pictured in the front row, from left, are Meenakshi Sundaram, Nicholls tennis head coach; Dylan Harrison, Nicholls soccer head coach; Seth Thibodeaux, Nicholls baseball head coach; Brandon Naquin, Rouses assistant store director; Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls president; Jean Donegan, Nicholls CAN! committee member; Tim Acosta, Rouses marketing director; and Brandon Ruttley, Nicholls associate athletics director for external affairs. In the back row, from left, are Andrew Kearney, Nicholls director of compliance; Clyde Cantrell, Rouses assistant manager; Rachel Yezak, account executive for Colonel Sports Properties; JP Piper, Nicholls men’s basketball head coach; and James Schilling, Nicholls golf head coach.