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Midshipmen Collect More Than 13,000 Pounds of Food for Local Families

Posted on: December 11, 2012 08:00 EST by Jessica Clark

The Naval Academy's Midshipman Action Group completed its annual Harvest for the Hungry food collection drive Nov. 30, collecting 13,222 pounds of food for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

The midshipmen, led by Midshipman 2nd Class Kelsey Shevock, organized the collection of food from midshipmen, faculty and staff and loaded the food on the food bank truck for delivery.

“I was excited to lead Harvest for the Hungry this year, and I was very impressed with the effort and participation from the brigade,” said Shevock. “It's a great feeling knowing that we were able to provide food for those who otherwise would not have a holiday dinner.”

The drive helps contribute to Anne Arundel County Public Schools' annual “Kids Helping Kids” campaign, during which area schools collect food donations to help feed families in need throughout the county.

“Anne Arundel County Public Schools feel very privileged to have such a wonderful partnership with MAG and the Naval Academy,” said Teresa Tudor, senior manager of the school system's Office of School and Family Partnerships. “The midshipmen have been so generous in their gifts of food to our campaign and their time in collecting it and assisting with loading it onto the trucks. This partnership takes our good campaign and turns it into a great campaign.”

The Midshipman Action Group also coordinated the collection of new toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation. Through their efforts, Naval Academy midshipmen, faculty and staff donated more than 600 toys.

The Toys for Tots Foundation collects new, unwrapped toys from October to December each year to distribute as Christmas gifts to children in need.

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