Florida Tech Hosts First Big Day of Service Benefiting The Children’s Hunger Project

A total of 421 students, faculty and staff members volunteered to participate in Florida Tech’s first Big Day of Service. During the event, organized by the Office of Civic Engagement, volunteers worked with The Children’s Hunger Project to package meals for local children in need.

“The Children’s Hunger Project distributes almost 2,300 meals weekly to more than 15 elementary schools in Brevard County, one being University Park Elementary, which is in our backyard,” says Krishna Patel, director of orientation and civic engagement.

Individuals from all over campus came together to support the cause, with an impressive 25 student organizations and 33 campus departments contributing a total 521 hours.

Thanks to all of the Panthers who participated, we were able to package 5,122 meals.

The Children’s Hunger Project works to provide weekend meals and fight childhood hunger and malnutrition during the school year. For many students, school lunch on Friday is the last regular meal they will receive until the following Monday. Each Friday, The Children’s Hunger Project hands out meals to as many elementary school children as it can to ensure they have food to eat over the weekend. 

“The Office of Civic Engagement plans to host a Big Day of Service with The Children’s Hunger Project every year. We are hoping to create a lasting partnership with them,” Patel says.

Inspired to get involved? 

“We have tons of opportunities within campus and our surrounding community,” she says.

You can find upcoming opportunities in Engage under the “Service” tab or within GivePulse, the civic engagement tracking system.

The next big event is Relay for Life, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 4.

Learn more about or make a donation to The Children’s Hunger Project on its website.

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