Students often have negative connotations of homeless people. Some students make an effort to bridge this gap by volunteering at soup kitchens, but H.E.A.T. took another approach. The amount of food our dining halls waste was already a concern for students, so H.E.A.T.sters encouraged all students to donate their extra pre-paid meals and we took them to Austin. We gave the food to any homeless person who wanted it- but we were in their neighborhood; on their streets. This project allowed us to connect with these people on a personal level as we heard their stories and saw their living situations. This project now happens at Texas State every year since we initiated it in 2010, and it certainly beats plopping food on a tray in a conveyer belt fashion at a soup kitchen.