Thousands of people flocked to one of the largest volunteer events ever seen on Virginia Tech's campus on Saturday, Oct. 2. The mission was to fill a shipping container the size of a barge with more than a quarter-million packaged rice meals – enough to feed more than a million people. The food packed was shipped from Virginia Tech's campus directly to Haiti to help thousands of victims of the earthquake in January 2010.
More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members worked in shifts at the Commonwealth Ballroom inside Squires Student Center. Virginia Tech's Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships teamed with international food relief organization Stop Hunger Now to organize the Fall Day of Service, the final day of a three-day event called Local Food, Global Hunger: Learning, Sharing, Serving.