Just Add Water for Social Change

    Junior Brianna Weinstein packs a meal with her teammates.
    Sep. 21, 2014

    This past Thursday afternoon, Trojan aquatics joined the non-profit organization Feeding Children Everywhere for the second consecutive year to prepare self-contained dry meals for the nearby Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The men's and women's Swimming and Diving teams gathered at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center to assemble and seal 10,000 meals for their neighbors in need.

    In November of last year, USC assembled 40,000 meals to be shipped overseas in a relief effort following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Following the success of that first event with Feeding Children Everywhere, the men and women of Swimming and Diving decided a future project was needed.

    This time around, the team sought to participate in the Feeding Children Everywhere Love Local program, which offers the option to assemble meal packages for local food banks.

    "It means a lot for this team to be able to work together to help the community outside the USC area, and it's great to know we are having a positive impact," senior diver Haley Ishimatsu said.

    In the spirit of friendly competition, the student-athlete participants were divided up by class to begin meal-assembly relays. Sophomores beat the clock and had their boxes sealed and stacked before their upperclassmen teammates.

    "It's awesome to see our athletes here with 100-percent participation really getting into the competition of meal packing for a cause that we know is going to benefit our neighbors," Assistant Coach Catherine Vogt said.

    The end result of their efforts will fill the stomachs of children in our Los Angeles community with nutritious and easy-to-prepare meals.

    To learn more about Feeding Children Everywhere and their cause, visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com.