To raise awareness about hunger among the children of Hastings and how the Food 4 Thought program addresses kids’ needs, Hastings College students have organized The Extra Mile Walk. Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hastings YMCA (1220 W. 18th Street), the walk is free and open to the public. The YMCA will waive participants’ entrance fees.
Currently, the Food 4 Thought program supplies backpacks filled with non-perishable food to 54 children at four Hastings Public elementary schools. For each of these backpacks, Food 4 Thought must raise $150.00 per year.
Food 4 Thought was created by a group of teacher education majors during their Communication, Consultation and Collaborative partnerships course in 2008. The Extra Mile Walk is an extension of the same dream and will be the culminating project for another group of Hastings College students hoping to build community awareness for the Food 4 Thought backpack program.
The event was made possible by a grant from the John N. Bergstrom Fund for Servant Leadership from the Neenah First Presbyterian Church of Neenah, Wis.
Hastings College, founded in 1882, is a private, four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A total of 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to more than 1,150 students. Hastings College was named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit www.hastings.edu for more information.