COLLEGE PARK, Md.– The University of Maryland Athletics department took part in Terps Against Hunger third annual homecoming service event at the Xfinity Center on Sunday.
Terrapin student-athletes and ICA staff were part of 2,000 volunteers that packaged 275,000 meals throughout the day on Sunday to be donated locally, to support hungry children and families in the DC-Metro area.
“Today’s Terps Against Hunger outreach event was a humbling opportunity to partner with the campus community and kickoff Homecoming Week by helping to address a major need in the local community,” said associate athletic director Kristen Brown. “Through this event, we were able to help package over 275,000 meals that will be given to distribution partners throughout the DC-Metro area. I am so proud of the on-going commitment by our staff and student-athletes to make a difference in the surrounding areas.”
In addition to ICA staff members, athletes on the gymnastics, softball and track and field teams volunteered their time to assist Terps Against Hunger, each taking a different time shift of 75 minutes.
Among those who volunteered their time, SAAC member and senior gymnast Emily Brauckmuller.
“Giving back to the community on a day like today really makes us realize how fortunate we are as student-athletes and representatives of this university,” said Brauckmuller.
Terps Against Hunger is a student run organization at the University of Maryland that organizes and conducts food-packing events with student groups and community organizations. This past Sunday at the homecoming service event, the organization packed their millionth meal since their founding in 2013.