COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The newest members of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2021 raised over $9,000 for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Before fall semester classes began, Texas A&M’s newest Aggies completed their first service project for the Bryan-College Station community by donating thousands of dollars to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Incoming students in the Class of 2021 donated more than $9,000 in funds collected throughout the summer.

The Aggie Orientation Leader Program invited students and their family members to donate to the food bank during the New Student Conference, a mandatory orientation program for all incoming students.

Jasmine Zenn, a member of the class of 2019, served as the organization’s finance director and led the effort to partner with the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

“We value the chance to emphasize service during the New Student Conference, a time when many students are forming their first impressions of Texas A&M,” Zenn said. “It’s their first opportunity as Aggies to give back to the community that will be giving to them for four years.”

Representatives from the Aggie Orientation Leader Program officially delivered the collected funds to the food bank on Dec. 8.

This year’s collected total of $9,346.46 nearly tripled the amount raised during the previous year’s donation period.