Padres Pack 20,000 meals for those in need at the 2019 Pack Out
Padres Pack 20,000 meals for those in need at the 2019 Pack Out

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt remembers a life-changing moment in his life - the day he met a homeless teenager in Denver. The exhausted, hungry, 16-year-old girl had a black eye and a split lip. Affeldt bought her some food and thought, "I need to do more."

Every year, Serra Padres partner with Affeldt's foundation, Generation Alive. Since Affeldt and his wife started the foundation in 2005, the organization has provided more than 3.5 million meals. Generation Alive also helps victims of human trafficking.

On Friday, Serra's entire freshman class packed 20,000 meals for people in need, which will be distributed to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

"This is such a good cause and we are getting to know each other better as a class through this important service project," said 2019 Pack Out Team Leader Daniel Heuer '23.

Generation Alive Program Director Darrin Duty and Program Coordinator Rob Jackson were on site all day. They noted that the organization partners with at least 50 schools every year.

"It's important for us to empower students to service the community," Duty said. "They learn how to make an impact. Today, there were eight freshman leaders who organized the Pack Out."

"It made me feel good about myself to do something positive for the community," said Marcus Cornelio '23.

Not everyone is as fortunate and lucky as we are to go a great school," added Mason Ackerman '23. "We feel that it's always good to help out."