Alumni Help Podgorica “Defeat Hunger”

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Bozidar Stankovic ‘11 (left) and Ivan Vuksanovic ‘07 package food for distribution to families in need.

On December 10th and 11th, A-SMYLE alumni from Montenegro volunteered in an action called “Grad pobjedjuje glad” (City Defeats Hunger), which was organized by the Food Bank in Podgorica, a non-profit organization founded just over one year ago.

The goal of this action was to collect food for struggling families in Montenegro.   Volunteers were situated at the entrances of supermarkets, where they greeted every customer who came in and explained the action—who organized it, what its goals were, what could be donated, etc. They encouraged customers to buy something on the list of appropriate donations while shopping and on their way out to give the items purchased to volunteers, who placed the items in a donation cart.  Each time a donation cart became full, volunteers took the cart to a storage room and packed the articles by type of food donated.

At the end of the second day of this two-day action, 25 tons of food—including flour, sugar, rice, pasta, sweets, soups, and teas—had been collected.  These items were divided into packages and distributed to families in need.

This was the second year that A-SMYLE alumni supported the Food Bank in this action, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica.