More than 250 first-year Marymount students received a hands-on lesson on the universitys commitment to service when they packaged 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that distributes food and aid to the worlds most vulnerable people.
The effort was all part of the Marymounts annual Saints Serve day held Aug. 25 in the Lee Centers recreational gym on the main campus. Each meal contained a grain, soy, and a vitamin package. Students sealed all meals and boxed them for shipping. Rise Against Hunger not only provides hunger relief to underdeveloped areas globally but also crisis relief to populations in immediate need, like the recent victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Everyone really got into it, and it was a great way for our students to work with and meet new people, said Linda Pratt, coordinator of commuter and graduate student services.
The Saints were split into two groups of freshmen, each working in one-and-a-half-hour timeframes. Joe Gauthier, an Ashburn-based representative of Rise Against Hunger talked with each group about world hunger and the organizations work.
One of the three pillars of Marymounts vision, service to others is an integral part of the universitys tradition, dating back to its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM).
Split into two shifts, more than 250 first year students participated in the Saints Serve event at Marymounts Lee Center. (Photo by Hansel Dsouza)
The assembly-line-style production effort provided students a chance to meet new friends. (Photo by Hansel Dsouza)
Joe Gauthier, from Rise Against Hungers Ashburn office, stacks boxes of pre-packaged meals. (Photo by Hansel Dsouza)
Marymount University provides many opportunities for students to serve others through volunteer work. (Photo by Hansel Dsouza)