Some first year students at the University of Calgary are spending a little more time helping the food bank and other organizations instead of hitting the party circuit. 

Volunteering at the Interfaith Food Bank has been part of the university's orientation week tradition for four years.

"I feel really good that I'm helping out the community and people in need and it gives me a chance to wonder about the people who are getting these food hampers and how much they need them," said new university student Pranati Akilla.

The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank needs 100 volunteers every week to sort hampers, so the help is appreciated said spokesperson Shawna Ogston.

"Youth volunteerism is really not just for the food bank, but really to Calgary at large because then you get invested in your community, and you see the difference you can make and then volunteering is contagious. I'll bet they will be doing this for a long time." 

This is the largest number of students to volunteer so far, with more than 300 young adults fanning out across the city to assist 11 organizations this fall.