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Students Package Meals for Stop Hunger Now

November 22, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union students participated in a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on Tuesday in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency whose mission is to end hunger by providing food and life-saving aid to those most vulnerable across the world. Students from sponsoring organizations, Student Senate and Spiritual Life Leadership, as well as members of Greek life, worked together with the hope of reaching a goal of packaging 20,000 meals at a cost of 25 cents per meal.

The packaging event was a fast-paced assembly line, in which all volunteers were given a specific packaging task. Different stations were set up to fill the bags with food, weigh and seal the filled bags and finally package them. Each time the group completed 1,000 meals, a gong was hit and the crowd was encouraged to cheer and celebrate their accomplishment.

“It was incredible to see how our campus came together as a community,” said Student Senate president, Carisa Bohnak. “It was really a phenomenal event that I hope can continue in the future.”

Mount Union was able to exceed their goal and package 20,088 meals.

“All the packaging took place in about one hour and 15 minutes, which is pretty amazing,” said University of Mount Union Chaplain Marty Cashburless. “Even our coordinator from the Stop Hunger Now organization, Rich Armenia, was pleasantly surprised.”

For more information about Stop Hunger Now or hosting a packaging event, visit www.stophungernow.org.

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