Sam Miller ’16 has been inspired by her work with the Mobile Market, a student-led project to provide produce from the College Farm to neighborhoods where fresh vegetables can be scarce.
She shared her passion with fellow students during Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 12. Her crew of volunteers picked okra, peppers and eggplant and delivered them to apartments where many of the residents are newcomers to the U.S.
The Mobile Market was among the dozens of ways more than 200 students served the wider community. Beyond the Piedmont Triad, alumni volunteered at sites in Asheville; Charlotte; Charlottesville, Va.; Durham; New York; Washington, D.C; and Wilmington.
Sam, a Hunger Fellow from Camden, Maine, liked getting her hands dirty in her family’s garden, so she started volunteering at the campus farm. When the Mobile Market began last year, it opened her eyes to the challenge of delivering healthy food to those who need it.
“It all just came together for me,” Sam said. “The Mobile Market is a way to get off campus, interact with people and see the pure joy on their faces when we come with a van full of fresh vegetables.”
After picking the vegetables on Saturday morning, her team loaded them into a van and drove 15 minutes to Glen Haven Apartments. Undeterred by a light rain, residents came to the parking lot to give the students a warm welcome.
Sophia Perlmutter ’18 had never been to the apartment complex before. “Some service is one sided,” she said, “but we were doing this together with the community. It was very much a collaboration.”
She plans to return.
“I loved it,” Sophia said. “I’m definitely going to volunteer more.”