FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team spent the past Saturday morning constructing food boxes for those in need at the St. Mary's Food Bank. The Lumberjack student-athletes volunteered their time to build and fill approximately 700 boxes of food for distribution throughout Flagstaff and northern Arizona.
"It was really fun; I would love to do community service there more often," said NAU senior outside hitter Lexi Sullivan. "It's fast and fun work and you know you are helping a ton of people by boxing up food. We loved it and all want to go back there and do it again."
The team worked together to build an assembly line in which they constructed boxes, filled them with donated food products, and packed them up for distribution. A friendly competition arose between the squad and another group of volunteers to see which group could efficiently build the most boxes.
"I did it when I was back in Phoenix so it was nice to volunteer there again," NAU freshman outside hitter Trianna Henry said. "I love helping and I think it was an awesome experience to do something like that with the team. It was fun to compete and work together to get it done."
St. Mary's Food Bank, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. The organization has three locations in the Phoenix valley and the Flagstaff location to effectively combat hunger throughout the state while promoting volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.
Several other NAU teams will be volunteering with the St. Mary's Food Bank during the fall semester.
Video: NAU Volleyball at St. Mary's Food Bank