The Mount’s Frederick Campus started a yearlong campaign to provide assistance to the Frederick Food Bank. The Night Shift program gives students who attend evening classes the opportunity to donate food and necessary items to the community by dropping them off at the facility prior to class. In March, Professor Jennifer Murphy, who teaches Mount Seminar and Theology courses in the Adult Undergraduate program, initiated a challenge to her former and current students. She would match the first 100 cans of soup donated by them.
“I thought this would be a nice way to remind students that learning goes well beyond the classrooms. Being engaged in the community should always be a part of one’s education,” says Murphy.
The response was immediate. Over 200 cans were collected over a two-week period. With the addition of Murphy’s contribution, 314 cans of soup were delivered to the Food Bank. The food drive will continue over the summer, focusing on the food bank’s request for peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit, and baby products.
Added Joe Lebherz, Director of the Frederick Campus, “This response reflects on the ability of Jen Murphy to challenge and bring out the best in her students. And it also says a great deal about our adult students: they get it.”