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STUDENT GROUP, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PACK MEALS FOR HUNGRY

By Lauren Brown | photo by Lisa Helfert

Nearly 200 Terps discovered that Sunday brunch is more satisfying when you’re feeding other people instead.

The University of Maryland Alumni Association teamed up with the student group Terps Against Hunger on July 17 to pack almost 42,000 high-nutrition meals for distribution by the Capital Area Food Bank.

“Everyone came with such a serving heart and spirit, and it’s great to see it among the Terp family,” said Wanda Alexander, president of the association’s Board of Governors. “When it was done at 12 o’clock, people didn’t stop. They wanted to keep on going.”

Alumni and their children and UMD students stood side by side in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center to scoop and measure out 12,000 pounds of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin powder, then weigh, vacuum-seal and box them.

Jonathan Fix ’16, founder of Terps Against Hunger, said the group is excited to expand beyond its volunteer base of students to include alumni families.

“It’s really special having children and their parents share the experience—it makes it more enriching for the children as well,” he said.

The Alumni Association gave awards to the regional and special-interest networks that brought the most volunteers, packed the most meals and raised the most money for the nonprofit.

The event will be repeated on a grander scale on Sept. 25 during Homecoming Week, when Fix hopes 3,500 Terps volunteer to pack a half-million meals.