University of Maryland athletes teamed with ShopRite and the YMCA of Central Maryland on Sunday to distribute 200 meals to less fortunate families at two Head Start locations in the Baltimore area.

More than 70 students participated in the event, which was a collaboration between Maryland’s student-athlete advisory committee and the school's student government association.

“It was really eye opening to witness firsthand how many families in our area need help and to be able to assist them in any way was incredibly rewarding,” Juli Strange, a sophomore on the softball team, said in an athletic department news release.

“I think this was a great opportunity for our student-athletes to get out in their community and give back at a time of year that is important for us all to be thankful,” said Carrie Blankenship, an associate athletic director for marketing at Maryland who helped organize the event.

“It was generous of ShopRite to donate 200 Thanksgiving meals for area families in need. To be able to be a part of delivering that food to families who might not have been able to share a Thanksgiving meal was something special.”