(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) The Holy Names University Men's Golf Team volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank over the weekend.
According to the post, the volunteers helped make more than 700 meals for residents in need.
The university has done similar volunteering events in the past, most recently in 2019 when university staff volunteered at the food bank.
Casey LaBarbera, now Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, helped organize the 2019 volunteering event.
“I was thrilled that so many staff members participated. The event was an opportunity for the whole HNU community to give back to local community members in need and live out the founding Sisters’ mission of service,” LaBarbera told a school paper.
This comes at a critical time for food banks as a number of local banks around the Bay Area have struggled recently to stock their shelves as the price of consumer goods continues to rise.
According to NPR, core food items have gone up between 3 and 17 percent. Core food items were identified as nonperishables that cannot be substituted like canned tuna. Additionally, the increased price makes procurement difficult but the increased wait times also means residents in need are forced to wait longer for critical goods.
Regi Young, with the Alameda County Food Bank, told NPR that while supply chain issues have had an effect, they have not created the most dire impact compared to high consumer prices.
The critical help that volunteers provide allows for local organizations like the Alameda Community Food Bank to remain strong and help the community.
Holy Names University is a private, Roman Catholic university founded in 1868.