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Young Harris College Hosts Volunteer Food-Packing Event to “Stop Hunger Now”
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Nov. 8, Young Harris College hosted a food-packing event in which more than 100 faculty, staff and student volunteers packed 14,000 meals in one hour and raised $3,500 to assist Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger-relief agency that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid around the world. The event was sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement) and the YHC Inter-Religious Council (IRC).
According to YHC Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, the challenge for the event was brought to all Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities in Georgia as a friendly state-wide competition to highlight this international effort to eradicate hunger.
“Each year, nearly one billion of our brothers and sisters go hungry, yet there is plenty to go around. In a world of plenty, no one should go hungry,” Dr. Moore said. “As it turns out, hunger is rarely an agricultural or production problem. Most often, it is a distribution problem, and we can do something about that. We can give what we don’t need to those able to distribute it to those who do need it.”
Stop Hunger Now has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 14 years, and the meal-packaging program was created in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents, stores easily, has a shelf life of five years and transports quickly.
Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals, which have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries. The use of volunteers for product packing has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while increasing awareness about global hunger.
“I think Stop Hunger Now provided a great opportunity for YHC to come together for one common goal—to help those who are hungry,” said IRC President Austin Thomas, a senior communication studies major from Kennesaw, Ga. “We are so privileged to be somewhere like YHC, and hopefully this event gave students the chance to appreciate what they have.”
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
More than 100 faculty, staff and student volunteers packed 14,000 meals in one hour to assist Stop Hunger Now.
(From left to right) Young Harris College student Caitlin Ramsey, a sophomore biology major from Kennesaw, Ga., Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Kwiatkowski and Resident Director Ja’lessa Morris, ’11, packed meals to assist Stop Hunger Now.
(From left to right) Young Harris College students Sarah Beth Tankersley, a sophomore psychology major from Gainesville, Ga., and Alyssa Lowery, a junior religious studies major from Conyers, Ga., boxed meals during the event.