Posted: 3/26/15

TAMIU Students’ ‘Big Event’ Helps STFB Saturday



Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students will participate in the 7th annual “The Big Event” benefiting the South Texas Food Bank Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Food Bank, 1907 Freight Street.

Over 200  students will help the STFB to organize food, package strawberries, and engage in healthy competitions as they complete their tasks.  The students will also be energized by a special music performance by local band “Uprising.”

Mayra Hernández, director of TAMIU’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement, said “The Big Event” is all about TAMIU students giving back.

“This event lets students show appreciation to our community and strengthens a  sense of community between Laredoans and TAMIU students.  It is a way our students can give back,” Hernández explained.

This is the second year that TAMIU students have selected the South Texas Food Bank for  “The Big Event.”  Past “Big Events” at TAMIU have included park cleanups and repairs to houses.

The South Texas Food Bank serves over 30,000 families throughout eight counties in South Texas and is a member agency of the United Way of Laredo, a certified member of the Feeding Texas (Formerly Texas Food Bank Network) and Feeding America’s Food Bank Network – the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.

The Big Event, which originally began at Texas A&M University in College Station in 1982, has been adopted by dozens of universities and now serves many communities across the nation. It is now becoming an international observation with events planned in Germany, Italy, Pakistan and Spain, among others.

All TAMIU students can participate in “The Big Event.” A waiver form must be signed and turned in on-site in order to participate. Students receive community service hours for their efforts and lunch is provided for all participants.

For more information about TAMIU’s The Big Event, contact Hernández at mghernandez@tamiu.edu or 326.2288.

For more information about the South Texas Food Bank, call 956.726.3120 or visit www.southtexasfoodbank.org

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