SPP Students Volunteer to Sort and Distribute Food to Families in Need
On Saturday, November 14, 33 University of Maryland School of Public Policy students volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. During the service event, School of Public Policy volunteers helped to sort and package boxes of meat for distribution to local D.C. residents and families.
In just three hours, SPP volunteers were able to sort and box 23,000 pounds of food to serve 57,000 families. “Being able to volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank was such a rewarding experience,” says Christina Bowman, a second-year MPP student specializing in environmental policy. She and many other SPP student volunteers mentioned that they would come back to Capital Area Food Bank and volunteer again. Cory Ryan even volunteered two weeks prior and was back again to volunteer with the School of Public Policy group.
“It was great to see so many SPP students come out to volunteer and make an impact,” says Kelsey Goetz, a second-year MPP student and co-president of SPP’s Social Policy Council. Goetz, along with co-president Laura Checovich, and PSGA helped to organize the service event. “We selected Capital Area Food Bank because it’s a major food distributor in the DC region,” Goetz says.
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington, D.C. metro area, working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. The Food Bank has partnered with more than 470 community organizations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to deliver food to hard to reach places. The Food Bank offers a wide variety of programs, such as Childhood Feeding, which provides food to children and their families at school, and Senior Feeding, which provides food to seniors at or near their homes. These programs help to distribute 42 million pounds of food on an annual basis. Additionally, the Food Bank helps to combat hunger by reducing food waste. Of the 42 million pounds of food distributed by Capital Area Food Bank, 33 million pounds would have otherwise gone uneaten.