In addition, the Islanders were able to partake in a unique experience on Veteran’s Day, working alongside local veterans to provide meals for organizations dedicated to assisting local homeless veterans. “I truly enjoyed the experience because it didn’t matter who was getting fed,” said SAAC president and track athlete Olivia Williamson. “We just knew that someone, or a family was going to make it another day. It was humbling and makes you realize how grateful you are with an experience like that.” Kids Against Hunger has provided over 2 billion meals for children and their families in 70 countries around the world. The organization has developed its own meals, which provide the needed nutrients and vitamins to help satiate those who face malnourishment. Each package has a shelf life of three years and a single package will feed a family of six or a child for six days. “I thought it was amazing how just a handful of volunteers could make such a large amount of meals in that little of time spent during a day,” said Kayla Sheridan of Islanders softball. “I enjoy helping those families who may need some assistance during the holidays. I believe it is very important that all families, especially children, have a meal to eat together for Thanksgiving. I understand the importance in giving a helping hand and you never know who may be without money for a decent meal.” In one day, the Islanders were able to package 13,992 meals – enough to feed 38 children for an entire year. Part of the annual Southland Gives Back initiative, the Islanders partnered with Kids Against Hunger – an organization whose mission is to eradicate hunger. SAAC selected the campaign in an effort to help more than 70,000 people who go to bed hungry every day in Nueces County. Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world…and around the corner. The goal of the organization is for the meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency. “I enjoyed giving back to the community that is helping my future,” said baseball’s Dalton Barcello. “It was impressive to see how many people were willing to come together of all different backgrounds to help those in need.” CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An annual tradition for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi athletics, the Islanders’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), led the Blue and Green in volunteering for Kids Against Hunger in the Coastal Bend. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22.