Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Current Students", Events
A new student organization aimed at combating local, regional and world hunger issues was established in April 2011. Hungry for Change is a chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. “The mission of the organization is to encourage students, faculty and the community to join the fight against domestic and global hunger through service and programming,” said Sandra Marlatte, faculty sponsor of Hungry for Change. Hungry for Change hit the ground running, participating and winning a competitive food drive with Baker University in conjunction with the first football game of the season. Ottawa University’s chapter won the competition with more than 1,000 food items collected to give to two local food pantries.
The group then played host to Miss Kansas 2011, Carissa Kelly, who spoke to more than 50 students about world hunger on September 21 and helped raise awareness about a State Wide Food Packaging Event (SWIPE). The food packaging event proved successful on October 16 as part of Homecoming week, when more than 145 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members came together to package 31,752 meals for the Horn of Africa. Numana, Inc. provided enough food to package 20,000 meals, while Hungry for Change raised another $3,500 for the additional meals. As part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities in January, members of Hungry For Change made pottery bowls for the Empty Bowls Project at Ottawa High School. In March, leaders of the group will travel to the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in Honduras to learn about fighting hunger with sustainable solutions.