KINGS POINT, N.Y. – May 6, 2016 – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) Acta Non Verba Club held a food drive service project to help veterans and families of active duty military personnel in need.
Working together with staff from the Academy’s Office of Health Services, the midshipmen collected over 2,000 pounds of food at the Academy and at local supermarkets for the Island Harvest Food Bank’s Operation: HOPE mobile food pantry.
“The Academy motto is Acta non Verba – Deeds not Words,” said Superintendent Rear Adm. James A. Helis, USMS. “When Kings Pointers see a need, they act, whether it is in service of our nation or serving our neighbors. I am very proud of their service and dedication to others.”
“This food drive was an immense success,” said organizer Midshipman 4th Class William Kelley. “It is a great feeling to give back to the community which has given us so much.”
The USMMA Acta Non Verba Club provides outlets for midshipmen to take part in volunteering and service opportunities in the community.
By Cmdr. Benjamin Benson