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Freshmen Engage in Service: Being Blessed and Blessing in Return

“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” (Proverbs 22:6). This is the mantra of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a non-profit organization committed to feeding the starving children of this world. This is the promise received by freshmen students as they began their journey at Trinity.

Service-learning outside of the classroom is foundational to the spirit of community and education at Trinity. Incoming freshmen, along with faculty and upperclassmen mentors, volunteered their time at Feed My Starving Children as part of the freshmen orientation program, First Year Forum.

Freshman Sam Lankah of Warrenville, Illinois, sees service-learning this way: “FYF required that we do this service project to teach us that generosity is truly the gift of life and to show us an insight about life and our world that will stay with us for a lifetime,” said Lankah.

Approximately 200 students prepared 14,256 meals, enough to feed 39 children for one whole year. Each meal, rich in nutrients, consisted of four ingredients: a soup base, dried vegetables, soy, and rice.

As the verse from Proverbs states, those who feed the poor will be blessed. And those that participated were blessed to feed the starving children.

For Lankah, this is a service project he will never forget. “I remain stunned by the infinite benefits of this experience. I believe the purpose of this project was to teach us humanity,” said Lankah. “My fellow students and I departed from the FMSC center humbled for all the privileges and opportunities we have in the U.S.”

“The work was very efficient and fast paced because we all realized there were kids that desperately needed it,” said faculty mentor Dr. Rose Malinowski, associate professor of social work. “Each time my group prepared a box full of six meals, they would call out ‘God bless six!’ as a prayer for the children who would receive those meals.”

Faculty mentor Dr. John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, echoed Malinowski. “There was a deep sense of camaraderie with those you were working with because of the importance and impact of the common goal,” said Sebestyen. “The whole freshman class got to share an experience making a difference with a professional organization.”

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