Hastings Students Pack 50,000 Meals to Help Combat Hunger

Every five seconds a child in the world dies from a hunger related disease, according to statistics from the hunger project.

Its a growing problem, and students in Hastings are working to curb those stats, by packing 50,000 meals in just one day. They call it kids against hunger.

One bag at a time, one ingredient at a time, students are packing the essentials for a meal like chicken, rice, and vegetables.

"It's a really basic meal that is pretty approachable all over the world," said event co-organizer Elyse Appelgate.

One of the packages will feed up to six people.

"It makes you grateful for what you have," said event co-organizer Ben Dumas.

Students are packing meals because not everyone in the world has the essentials to live a healthy life. Organizers say the 50,000 meals packed on Friday will likely go to Haiti.

"They lost a lot of crops in the recent hurricane so they are planning on sending a lot of food down there," said Appelgate.

Every single meal helps. Some students say they are surprised by how many people go hungry everyday.

"I don't think we realize those differences even in our own community, and in the community of Hastings," said Dumas.

During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from November 9-15, Hastings College students will host several activities to address hunger and homelessness in Hastings and the world. All events are free and open to the public.

Additionally, students and local churches are collecting hats, gloves, scarves and coats for the 62 families in the Hastings area currently served by the Food 4 Thought Program. Collection boxes are in local churches and on the HC Campus in the Perkins Library.


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