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Young Harris College Hosts Volunteer Food-Packing Event to "Stop Hunger Now"
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Nov. 14, Young Harris College hosted a food-packing event in which 90 faculty, staff and student volunteers packed more than 10,000 meals in three hours to benefit 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).
“My entire First-Year Foundations class participated in the event together,” said Abbey Walker, a freshman English major from Acworth, Ga. “It was a wonderful bonding experience for the YHC community, and I appreciated the chance to help those who are hungry.”
Stop Hunger Now has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 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.
"By partnering with organizations like Stop Hunger Now, we can help solve the food distribution problem that is prevalent in many parts of the globe,” said Dean of the Chapel and Minister to the College Rev. Dr. Tim Moore. "We're able to connect our material wealth and generous hearts with their system of care to feed 40 hungry children every day for a year, allowing them to go to school and focus on learning rather than finding food.”
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 yhc.edu.
Ninety Young Harris College faculty, staff and student volunteers packed more than 10,000 meals in three hour to assist Stop Hunger Now.
Young Harris College students Emily Espy, a senior musical theatre major from Cumming, Ga., Breann Lindsey, a sophomore outdoor leadership major from Lindale, Ga., and Carol Raterman, a senior communication studies major from Lawrenceville, Ga., packed meals to assist Stop Hunger Now.
Young Harris College student Alexander Fountain, a junior Spanish major from Alpharetta, Ga., weighed packaged meals during the event.