Baylor Business Faculty and Students Unite to Help Fight Food Insecurity in McLennan County
Project 58:10 returns Sept. 13 in Foster 250
WACO, Texas (Aug. 31, 2022) – For the second year in a row, faculty and students from the Department of Accounting and Business Law in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business are partnering with Caritas of Waco on Sept. 13 to help alleviate food insecurity in McLennan County by packing meals for those most in need. The 58:10 project is inspired by Isaiah 58:10: “You must actively help the hungry and feed the oppressed. Then your light will drive out the darkness, and your darkness will become like the middle of the day.”
The department will unite approximately 500 volunteers from the Baylor and Waco communities to pack 100,000 meals in three hours, doubling last year’s number of 50,000 meals. Eight to 10 volunteers at a time will form an assembly line at 17 food preparation tables in Room 250 in the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, with a goal to make 2,000 meals per hour per table. In partnership with the Pack Shack, each food pack contains complete, delicious and nutritious meals that feed up to 4 to 6 people.
Organized and led by a team of faculty and students, this event provides an important opportunity for faculty and students to use their skills and talents to give back to the Waco community. The leadership team is working to raise $40,000 dollars for food and packing supplies and recruit 500 volunteers to help pack the 100,000 meals.
“We are looking forward to another year of meeting a practical need as we continue to shine light in the darkness and spread the Gospel through our activities. We at Baylor and in the accounting department have been so blessed with the skills and resources to pull off this event, and we are so grateful for everyone involved,” said Lauren Farish, clinical assistant professor of accounting and business law.
Jennifer Jones, a senior account major from Dallas and a student leader for the project, described the project as a “joy to see” as the Baylor community came together to serve the community by providing meals for those in need.
“As a business student, I enjoyed the time we took to package these meals last year because it showed a whole different side of the business school,” Jones said. “It was nice to take a break from our schoolwork and use the business school as a place to serve.”
To financially support the project or to volunteer, please visit the 58:10 project for more information.
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT THE HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business strives to further God’s kingdom through the realm of business, using God-given gifts and academic talents to do so. Faculty and students conduct purposeful research and participate in experiential learning opportunities, all while operating in a Christ-centered mission. Undergraduate students can choose from 13 major areas of study. Graduate students can earn their MBA on their terms, either through the full-time, online or a Dallas-based executive program. The Business School also offers three Ph.D. programs in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship or Health Services Research. The School’s top-ranked programs make up approximately 25 percent of the University’s total enrollment. Visit hankamer.baylor.edu for more information.