BANGOR — University of Maine Augusta Bangor students Carley Cloukey and Heather Saucier, and UMA Bangor staff member Colleen Coffey worked with the Good Shepherd Food Bank recently on a community food project called Rock the Truck.
The project brought together eight public service organizations and fed 130 households (412 individuals) by distributing 953 pounds of food within an hour and a half on April 7.
The students both volunteered and benefited from the food distribution. Several students incorporated their service with on-going course work or directed study.
Carley Cloukey is a UMA student working on a directed study regarding food security and connections between hunger and classroom performance. UMA student, Heather Saucier is a volunteer with UMA’s Mental Health and Human Services Club. Colleen Coffey is a library specialist in UMA Bangor’s Nottage Library, she was instrumental in organizing the event.
Good Shepherd Food Bank and Bangor Savings Bank provided donations for the project. Good Shepherd officials said the agency was so impressed with the success of Rock the Truck that it is interested in doubling the amount of food it provided at the next UMA Rock the Tuck event proposed for this fall.