Hungry for Change

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2013 in Community, "Current Students", Events, "The College" New student organization Hungry for Change is devoted to exposing and helping combat hunger issues at the local, national and global levels. During the fall 2012 semester, members engaged in a number of activities to that end. “Tackling Hunger Together” 2nd Annual Ottawa vs. Baker Competitive Canned Food Drive More than 900 canned goods were collected from OU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. The food was donated to local food pantries Hope House and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN). Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event On October 28, Hungry for Change hosted a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event on the Ottawa University campus. Students, faculty, staff, and the community worked together to package 20,000 meals for the world’s most vulnerable. Each $1.50 packaged meal feeds six people and consists of rice, soy and dried vegetables with a vitamin seasoning packet. Hungry for Change assists Stop Hunger Now with fundraising throughout the year through the sale of fair trade coffee and tea, as well as donations. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week In November, Hungry for Change participated in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During the week, the organization conducted a Food Waste Day to calculate how much food was wasted in one day during lunch in the OU cafeteria. The result was 40 pounds of food that could have fed 80 people. With the help of Sodexo Dining Services, Hungry for Change also hosted an interactive Hunger Banquet that was moderated by Vice President and Provost of The College Dr. Dennis Tyner. The event demonstrated how different income levels impact people’s lifestyles, including the types and quality of food they eat. Caroling for Cans Hungry for Change ended the semester with a fun experience for the homes surrounding Ottawa University. More than 15 students sang carols for the neighboring houses in exchange for more than 100 canned goods, which were donated to Kansas National Guard families for the holidays.