Sacred Heart University’s Student Government exceeded the goal for its second annual Hunger Project, packing more than 50,000 meals for Bridgeport food pantries and soup kitchens.
Students leading the project—Anthony Smith, class of 2020 president; Gabe Bitencourt, class of 2021 president; and Sarah Kosha, student government president—partnered with Meals of Hope, a company that practices a hands-on approach to battling hunger, to run the event. Meals of Hope provides healthy, good-tasting, affordable meal components to organizations and companies that sponsor and host community food distribution activities like the Hunger Project.
“Fighting world hunger (but more specifically, within the United States) has always been an issue that I have been passionate about,” said Smith. “In high school, my best friend and I established an annual initiative called Empty Bowls, which enabled us to help combat hunger in the tri-state area. Hunger is a huge local issue; there are more than 34,000 children struggling with hunger in Fairfield County alone! No child—or person—should go hungry.”
Students participating in the Hunger Project formed assembly lines to pack meals for people in Bridgeport who are experiencing daily food shortages. This year’s goal was to package 50,000 meals, but with the help of 600 volunteers, the Student Government exceeded its goal and packaged 50,820 meals.
“The reason I volunteered is because I wanted to represent the Student Ambassadors and show that this project is bigger than just Student Government,” said volunteer and junior Lauren Lowther. “I wanted to help the surrounding communities and leave Sacred Heart as a well-rounded individual. After going to the event, I realized how much I missed volunteering for the community.”