The university celebrated its first Tommies Together St. Thomas Day of Service by hosting a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event on May 6 and 7.
The MobilePack attracted 415 volunteers, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors of St. Thomas. Over the course of three two-hour volunteer shifts, 109,080 meals were packed for malnourished children in the developing world. That amount of food is enough to feed 298 children for an entire year.
Vice President for Mission Father Larry Snyder, who initiated the Tommies Together MobilePack in conjunction with the university's annual St. Thomas Day celebration, was pleased with its success. “This is indicative of the culture of service that is growing on campus and a sign of the university’s commitment to create a better world by working for the common good,” said Snyder.
According to FMSC, 504 of the 505 boxes packed by St. Thomas volunteers have shipped to the organization's partner Food for the Poor in Jamaica.