Dominican College students packaged 10,000 non-perishable rice and beans meals for the hungry on September 4, 2020, by partnering with The Outreach Program on a service project called “Feed Your Soul.”
Kathryn Strobel, Director of Community Engagement & Leadership Development, pointed out that the College’s first Day of Service took place during Hunger Action Month. “Many Americans don’t have access to sufficient, nourishing food. I believe this activity is popular among our students because it feels good to put time into helping others, and to see the tangible result of 10,000 meals – knowing that will have a positive impact on thousands of people. This activity is proof that, when we work together, small actions can make a big difference.”
Safety was a top priority during the service project. The food packaging was done in shifts with a maximum of 25 students in the gym at one time. Students were required to wear masks and gloves. In addition, surfaces were frequently disinfected.
The meals will be distributed to families in need by The Outreach Program and People to People. Some of the meals will also be kept in the College’s food pantry for food insecure students. The Outreach Program is a nonprofit organization focused on providing safe water, food, medical care, and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.