Posted: Mar 17, 2012 4:19 PM by Alex Schwier (KPAX News)
Updated: Mar 19, 2012 6:51 AM
MISSOULA- Missoula County students are gearing up for spring break as much of the rest of the nation heads back to school. A group from Boston packed up this weekend after spending their vacation volunteering in our community.
While spring break is the perfect time for beaches, sun and travel, 13 Boston University students gave up their vacation to fight hunger in Montana. When the group of BU students arrived in Missoula for their school's alternative spring break, they were overwhelmed to say the least.
"I didn't know what to expect, I mean, I could locate Montana on a map," said BU studentHaley Marchewka.
But they didn't have much time to get comfortable as the Montana Food Bank Network sent the students out into the community to shelters, food banks and thrift stores.
"The idea is to give them the full flavor of what food banking is," said Montana Food Bank Network CEO, Peggy Grimes.
Now as the students head home they are bringing their Montana experiences with them.
"Having the perspective here and being able to bring it back to Boston is great," said BU student and trip advisor Frank Macri.
They hope to share The Montana Food Bank Network methods back in Boston.
"Here the concept of community runs deep and is very inspiring to us as students coming in," said Lindsey Kotowicz, the BU community service center director.
But Montana Food Bank Network officials say they also learned a thing or two from the Boston visitors.
"It's such a great group. They so much fun and it just lifts everything here. They've got a great work ethic a sense of humor," said Grimes.
The Bostonians end their journey in the Big Sky state with more knowledge about themselves, food banks and even Montana. This is the second group of students for Boston University to volunteer at the Montana Food Bank Network.