Published: Feb 28, 2013 3:27 PM EST
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 5:12 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "Jump in for a little bit, even though I have a midterm at 2 o'clock," said Haas.

Rather than studying one last time, Ave Maria sophomore Joey Haas chose to get his hands dirty instead.

"While grades are important, I think doing this is for a little bit would also be very good,"said Haas.

Haas and dozens of other students found spots at these tables, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They filled 530 brown paper bags with food for families in need.

"I think that it's really important to help others," said Carly Deloach.

And hornoring Pope Benedict XVI's legacy.

"Pope Benedict gave us so much in his papacy, I mean this is something small that we can do to give back to the less fortunate," said Haas.

Service projects like this are nothing new for students at Ave Maria. But Vice President of Student Affairs, Bill Kird, said this one is particulary special.

"It's our way, small way, of honoring the legacy of Pope Benedict, a wonderful man, an intellect, an intellectual so the tie in with the university is wonderful. He's a man, a real scholar, so the ability of our students, trying to be scholars themselves, for them to take time out makes it special."

The food was donated by the University and delivered to the Friendship House and Guadelupe Center in Immokalee.

The University Board of Trustees Mass to Honor the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI at 5 p.m., in the Oratory at Ave Maria. The Rev. Robert McTeigue, S.J. will be the main celebrant of the Mass. Followed by a lecture on the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: 7:30 p.m. in the Demetree Lecture Hall.