MURFREESBORO, NC – It was the third day of classes at Chowan University. The music was blaring, the girls were singing along to a Justin Bieber song, and the guys were dancing. The turnout was huge and, unlike your average college party, all the participants were wearing hairnets. It was Chowan University’s annual Campus Ministry-sponsored meal-packing event with StopHungerNow, a nonprofit organization that provides meals throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief.
In just under an hour 271 volunteers packed 20,000 meals. For the past four years Campus Ministry has partnered with StopHungerNow to host this back to school service project. Students, faculty, and staff all came together to help. The event serves a “two-fold purpose” says Rev. Drew Phillips, “it is a way to get people involved in the Chowan community and a way to meet a need in the world.”
Junior Regi Jones has been a part of the tradition since her freshmen year. “StopHungerNow means that I get to help people that I may never meet,” she says. Jones also enjoys the opportunity “to meet new people and see others who like to serve just as much as I do.” Thanks to many students like Regi Chowan has now packed over 100,000 meals with StopHungerNow.
Chowan Campus Ministry was happy to bring the campus together to help the hungry. They look forward to continuing this tradition of Chowan students happily dancing and singing while they serve the needs of others.