Field Hockey Bears Help Fight Hunger in the Ozarks
March 9, 2012
Recognizing the importance of volunteering in the Ozarks to help fight hunger, the Missouri State field hockey squad lent a helping hand to the Ozarks Food Harvest this past Saturday (March 3). The Ozarks Food Harvest, the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serves more than 300 non-profit members across 28 counties.
"It was a fun environment to work in," said Bears' goalkeeper Andrea Bain, "It's always nice to be able to work as a team."
The field hockey Bears spent their time at the Ozarks Food Harvest's Food Bank. After undergoing food safety training, the group helped process donations. They checked expiration dates, ingredient labels and the overall safety of the donation. Once like items were sorted, the Bears repackaged the items in separate boxes to be sent out to those in need.
"It's comforting to know that we were able to help prepare over 6,000 meals for families," said Bears defender Chelsey Medlock.
Last season the Bears were asked to volunteer at the Ozarks Food Harvest as part of the University's Bear Cup mission for student-athletes. The Bear Cup Award is a competition among MSU athletic teams highlighting student-development, academic achievement, athletic excellence, career development and community outreach.
"It was such a great experience, we decided that was where we wanted to help out at," said Bain.
Despite a hectic spring season practice schedule and a heavy load of classes, the field hockey squad found the opportunity to help the Ozarks Food Harvest to be of the utmost importance. With their three hours of service, the Bears were able to feed 3,780 families and provide 6,389 meals.
"It helped that we were able to go help out on a weekend when we didn't have practice," said Medlock, "It was a nice change of environment."
The field hockey Bears are making big plans for future volunteer opportunities. Some team members are already helping out with other organizations, such as Bain and Bears' forward Sarah Bradley, who will be heading to Memphis this month to help out at the St. Jude's Hospital through a University program.