Fifteen School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) students, alumni and friends took part in Hunger Action Month by volunteering their time at the Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank. Volunteering at the food bank is a staple of SEBA’s continued commitment to the Lasallian mission of service to the community.
“It’s a positive event,” said prospective Professional MBA student Arash Matiarazim, who was volunteering with SEBA for the first time. “There’s good camaraderie and it’s great to work for a good cause.”
SEBA volunteers sorted through and boxed between 7,500 and 8,000 pounds of apples, pears, bell peppers and tomatoes over the course of the two hour event at the food bank. The 7,500 pounds of produce from the SEBA event is the equivalent of one day’s distribution for the food bank, and will be disbursed to a number of organizations and individuals across the Bay Area.
The Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank helps feed 149,000 people every month with over a million pounds of fresh produce grown in California’s central valley. The food bank works hand in hand with 200 other distributors, food banks and churches in an attempt to alleviate hunger in the region.
“If an organization is distributing food,” said Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank Salvage Coordinator Dan Tagliareni, “they’re probably getting it from us.”
SEBA encourages members of its community to participate in these events. Susan McEvilly, Master of Business Procurement and Contract Management ’89, is one of the many SEBA alums that volunteered once and has decided to come back.
“It’s a good time,” said McEvilly. “There’s good camaraderie, but it’s also a good networking opportunity. I graduated 24 years ago and when I come to these events I get to meet people from different cohorts and graduating years.”
Following the event, both Matiarazim and McEvilly said they planned on volunteering at the food bank again.
SEBA’s next scheduled service events at the Contra Costa & Solano County Food Bank are November 6 and December 4. Members of the SEBA community will also volunteer at the San Francisco County Food Bank on December 11. Information on future service opportunities can be found on the SEBA calendar of events.