Students at West Virginia Wesleyan College Make 10,000 Meals for Rise Against Hunger

More than 130 students at Sullivan Foundation partner school West Virginia Wesleyan College recently came together to package 10,000-plus meals for Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that wants to end hunger by 2030.

The event was coordinated by Wesleyan’s Center for Community Engagement. Students participating in the event included Wesleyan Service Scholars, members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Chi Phi and Theta Chi fraternities, and athletes from acrobatics & tumbling, women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s golf, lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track.

The meals are designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients and include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 20 essential vitamins and nutrients. One in three people worldwide are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Rise Against Hunger meals are provided in schools to encourage increased enrollment and attendance.  For adults in community empowerment programs, the provision of meals offsets productive time lost while attending training sessions. Meals distributed in hospitals and clinics support patients’ nutritional needs and complement their treatments.

The Rise Against Hunger event was aimed at world hunger, but Wesleyan students are taking action locally, too. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, students from the WE LEAD Poverty Reduction team and the Buckhannon Volunteer Center worked to challenge groups on campus and in the Upshur County community to compete in a SOUP-er Bowl Sunday collection event. Groups collected canned soup and other non-perishable items to be donated to the Upshur County Parish House.

“Projects such as Rise Against Hunger and SOUP-er Bowl provide our students with the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about poverty, hunger and economic issues throughout the world,” said Jessica Vincent, director of the Center for Community Engagement. “Our students are constantly searching for ways to empower change and impact the local community and beyond.”

This article is an edited version of the original story appearing on the West Virginia Wesleyan College website.

Erskine College Students Package 11,000-Plus Meals in Three Hours to Feed the Hungry

A Saturday morning service project succeeded in a big way at Sullivan Foundation partner school Erskine College when some 80 students showed up for a “Rise Against Hunger” event in February and packaged more than 11,000 meals in under three hours.

Hosted by Erskine’s Rotoract Club, the project teamed Erskine students with an international relief organization, Rise Against Hunger, which distributes food to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“We had an amazing turnout,” said Iris Gadsden, secretary of Rotaract and president-elect of the organization for 2019-20. “It is awesome to see students give up their time to serve people they will never meet.”

Iris Gadsden is the president-elect of the Rotoract Club, which organized the Rise Against Hunger event.

Most of the cost of the food delivered to Erskine for packaging was paid by Rotaract, with the remainder covered by the Convocation Committee and the Student Christian Association.

The students worked in assembly-line fashion, with five or six ingredients being placed in each bag. “The open bags were then remeasured and secured with the correct amount of rice,” Iris explained. “Once bags were heat-sealed and stamped they were boxed up.”

Iris served as co-chair of a committee that headed the Rise Against Hunger project last year. “My previous experience made it easier to lead this year and know what needs to happen for an event this size,” she said.

Current Rotaract President Courtney Teague said she hopes for a larger version of the “Rise Against Hunger” event next year “so we will be able to package double the amount of food!”

Story and photos courtesy of Erskine College