More than 2,000 Citadel cadets fanned out across the Lowcountry today to volunteer on projects that serve the community.

Leadership Day – now in its second year – is based on the idea that before people can lead, they must learn to follow and serve.

About 30 volunteers are working at the Lowcountry Food Bank, sorting sanitizing and repackaging food that will go to coastal organizations that feed the hungry.

By the end of the day, the cadets are expected to sort 14,000 pounds of food, said Miriam Coombes, the food banks’s vice president of development and communication.

Citadel sophomore Edward Mabry was among a group inspecting and sorting stacks of bread. “It doesn’t stop,” he said.

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