Tuesday was a day to do good at Tennessee Tech. The university’s Student Government Association and Chartwells dining services teamed up to host a One Million Acts of Good event where they packaged more than 300 “Matter Boxes” of snacks to be given away.
"We are excited to pair up with Chartwells for an event that will impact many in our community in such a positive way,” said Alicen Long, Student Body Vice President at Tech. “The 300 boxes put together at the event will be distributed to the Putnam County (Schools) Backpack Project, Genesis House, and our very own Food Pantry at Tennessee Tech.”
One Million Acts of Good is a partnership with Cheerios and The Ellen DeGeneres Show encouraging groups and individuals to come together to go good deeds. At Tech, it was an opportunity to come together as a campus to help others, Long said.
As the students and campus staff packed the snack boxes, they also wrote an encouraging note to go along with it.
“Food is a big part of everyone’s lives, obviously,” said Sam Holm, of Chartwells dining services at Tech. “By putting a little care package together, we can insure that everyone gets a little something to eat, just showing them that we care, that we are there for them and we want them to have nutritious food.”
The organizations to receive the snack-filled boxes were selected by the Tech SGA. The Putnam County Schools Backpack Project sends students home with meals on weekends and school breaks, Genesis House assists victims of domestic and sexual violence and the Food Pantry at Tennessee Tech provides food items to members of the campus community in need. Each program will receive a number of the “Matter Boxes” for distribution.Tech is one of 50 universities nationwide selected to participate in events to create such boxes.