Yu Xiong “Hugh” Liang
In 1991, Hugh Liang and his family moved to Braintree, Massachusetts from China. In 1994, he graduated from high school and enrolled in Boston University. Hugh's introduction to volunteerism was through the Boston University Community Service Center, where he participated in the University's First Year Outreach Project, a week-long community service adventure.
His experience with the Community Service Center inspired him to become a volunteer with the Student Food Rescue (SFR) program, where he is currently the program's manager. SFR salvages excess food from grocery stores and restaurants and delivers it to area soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Each week, 6,000 pounds of food is donated to needy people in the City of Boston through the program. As the program manager, a twelve-month commitment with a stipend of $900, Hugh has increased the program's volunteer base by 67 percent. In addition, the amount of food salvaged (donations) has increased by 20 percent.
Even when the university is closed and his other classmates are taking vacations, Hugh continues his daily efforts to feed the hungry.