University of North Carolina Wilmington works with alumnus-run relief organization Stop Hunger Now

Volunteer work can help make college a fulfilling and enriching experience. Those who wish to donate their time while earning a degree may be interested in attending a school with extensive philanthropic opportunities.

For example, the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) works with Stop Hunger Now, a Haitian aid organization that was founded by an alumnus. In collaboration with the nonprofit group, 750 students from the school assembled 140,000 meals, which were given to earthquake victims in Haiti.

The university is one of several institutions to work with Stop Hunger Now, including North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina Central University. The schools packaged a combined 565,608 meals for Stop Hunger Now's 2010 University Million Meal Event.

"Stop Hunger Now is committed to providing aid to those in Haiti, even after the crisis stops making headlines," said Ray Buchanan, president and founder of Stop Hunger Now, and an UNCW alumnus.

The pre-packaged meals are made with ingredients such as rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a fortified flavoring mix that includes 21 vitamins and minerals. 

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