Bowie State Students Return to Campus for Rise Against Hunger Food Donation Event 

Students, Staff and Volunteers Packed Over 20,000 Meals

(BOWIE, Md.) – Dozens of Bowie State University students joined with Rise Against Hunger, an organization dedicated to addressing food scarcity across the world, on Friday, January 26, 2024, to package over 20,000 meals of rice, soy and vegetables  for families facing food insecurity“I cannot overstate how important these meals are,” said Charlie Pol, a Rise Against Hunger event manager. “They are going specifically to feed children that have no concept of where their next meals are coming from, along with their families.” 

According to the organization’s website, as many as 783 million people across the world don’t receive enough nutrition to lead an active, healthy life, or provide for themselves and their families. 

Bowie State’s Amani Jennings, dean of students, explained that hosting the event was great for setting the tone for the spring semester. 

“Service is important, and it’s a part of what we’re about here at the university,” said Jennings. “So, this is a great way to start the year.” 

Senior Bowie State student Aliyah Smith shared why it was important to come back to campus early to help pack the meal pouches during the event. 

“I always feel like giving back, doing stuff for the community, and helping people in need are the most important things to do,” said Smith.