Texas A&M Class Of 2023 Donates More Than $6,600 To Local Food Bank
The Texas A&M University Class of 2023 participated in its first service project last summer before fall classes had even begun. Incoming freshmen donated more than $6,600 to the KTBX Food for Families Food Drive through the Donate A Dime campaign, hosted by the Aggie Orientation Leader Program (AOLP).
AOLP is a student group dedicated to welcoming new Texas A&M students and their families to Aggieland during New Student Conferences, a mandatory orientation program for all incoming students. Orientation leaders collected donations from incoming freshmen and their family members at conferences throughout the summer.
“Thanks to those generous donations, the Class of 2023 will be able to give back to the community that will provide them with many opportunities throughout their time here in Aggieland,” said Alexsa Hernandez, an Aggie Orientation team leader and member of the Class of 2021. “As an Aggie family, we were able to come together to help impact other families in the Brazos Valley.”
AOLP representatives presented the check for $6,657 on behalf of the Class of 2023 on Dec. 4 during the live broadcast of the KBTX Food for Families Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in Texas. All food and monetary donations stay in the county in which they are collected, and the Class of 2023 donations in particular will benefit the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
Theresa Mangapora, executive director of the food bank, is grateful to the Class of 2023 for its donation, which will provide nearly 40,000 pounds of food, or 33,285 meals.
“Your selfless service is appreciated, valued and will be put to great use,” Mangapora said. “Nutritious and healthy food provided to food-insecure individuals in the Brazos Valley means children can learn in school, adults can perform their best at work and seniors can stay independent and mobile longer because they have nourishment and medicine.”