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Box by box, Chapman University team pitches in at food bank

March 21, 2011

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By Brianna Grinbaum ’11

Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” On Saturday, March 5, a group of Chapman University students, faculty and staff took up that challenge and gathered at the Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove to pack 960 — yes 960! — food boxes that will go to hungry families and children throughout the county.

The service opportunity was part of the Department of Student and Campus Life’s Give a Little Bit campaign, a year-long effort challenging the Chapman community to perform 150,000 hours of service as part of its 150th anniversary celebration this year.

Art and business marketing major Kelsie Gomes ’11, student civic engagement assistant in the Department of Student and Campus Life, which organized the event, said it was a memorable day.

“We had such a blast at the OC Food bank, and it was so awesome to see a couple staff members come out and give back with us.  The 15 of us along with four other volunteers packed 960 boxes in just two hours – amazing,” Gomes said.

The OC Food Bank serves more than 23,000 people each month and distributes around 15 million pounds of food each year.

If you want to give back to the Orange County community, visit the Give a Little Bit website, where you will find all kinds of service opportunities.

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