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Mount Union College Plans Events for Hunger Awareness Month

October 18, 2007

Mount Union College is planning a month-long series of events for Hunger Awareness Month.

The LS100 Food Challenge, which will run through Monday, October 22, provides the opportunity for each student and mentor to fill bags with nonperishable food items. These items are to be dropped off in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 22. The class filling the most bags will win a pizza party. These items will be used to support Feed My Sheep Ministries. Feed My Sheep offers a free community dinner on Thursday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

On Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, student organizations will be trick or treating for canned goods. Every student group planning to participate needs to register with the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service so that routes can be assigned, name tags distributed and flyers educating the residents about the event can be distributed.

'I think that this will improve the event because we have the city's support and also because, during trick-or-treat, people are typically home to pass out candy,' said Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service. 'Handing out the flyers a week in advance will prepare them for our students and they can already have a donation ready.'

On Sunday, November 4 in Campus Grounds from noon to 7 p.m., Homemade Hearts will hold a craft circle where Mount Union students will be joining together with community members to crochet, knit and make fleece blankets. These items will be donated to the Alliance Neighborhood Center for distribution to the community. For more information about this event, contact Jennifer Scott, VISTA Service Leader at (330) 829-8228 or Heather Stump at stumphl@mountunion.edu.

November 12-16, a canned food drive will take place at the Mount Union College bookstore. Students will be able to donate canned goods that will benefit First Christian Church Food Pantry in exchange for a discount in the bookstore.

On Tuesday, November, 13 from 7-9 p.m., JANUS and the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service will be co-hosting a Fair Trade Night in Dewald Chapel. This event will include a video followed by a debate and discussion session moderated by Dr. Eric Matthews, assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for Public Service. Fair trade and homemade items will also be available for purchase and to order.

The Oxfam Dining Hall Fast and Hunger Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in Dewald Chapel. Students will draw lots to see what meal they will receive. Some will receive a full meal, while others will receive a cup of rice and water. This event benefits Oxfam, a non-profit organization that works to end poverty.

On Wednesday, November 28, WKDD 98.1 FM will be on location for a live remote for the Long Haul Against Hunger from 5 to 7 p.m., complete with a Fair Food Fest, in Campus Grounds. Anyone donating a canned good or $1 during the live broadcast will receive complimentary Fair Food, featuring a variety of items from corn dogs to funnel cakes. In conjunction with this event, a Canstruction competition will be held from 3 to 7 p.m.

'Kappa Pi will be building sculptures out of the canned food collected in the previous activities to help entertain and raise awareness at the event,' said Espenchied-Reilly. 'Each sculpture will then go to an Alliance Area food bank. Winners of this and the previous contests will be recognized at the event on air. I think all of these events are going to be a lot of fun, but will also raise awareness about the issues and keep the students thinking about them past the holiday season as well.'

For more information, contact the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service (330) 823-2838 or blazersb@mountunion.edu with any questions about the events or to register for a trick-or-treating route.

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