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Mount Union Student Group Creates Program, Event to Tackle Food Insecurity

March 25, 2021

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Six University of Mount Union students are confronting food insecurity in Stark County through a new initiative titled Stark County WINS, (Wellness Integrated Nutrition to Society) and will host a virtual event on Saturday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m.

The event will be comprised of engaging with local experts regarding education about food insecurity in the area, individual eligibility, applying for benefits and other information relevant to the Mount Union and surrounding communities.

The student group consists of Taylor Breyley ’21, a human resource management and marketing double major of North Canton, Ohio, Grace Bjordahl ’23, a marketing and management double major of Yucaipa, California, Jessica Heyman ’21, an accounting and finance double major of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Madison Priestap ’21, a sport business and theatre double major of Jefferson, Ohio, Madison Schmid ’22, an accounting major of Massillon, Ohio and Amanda Wesely ’22, a marketing and management double major of Louisville, Ohio.


The student group was selected based on participation in Mount Union’s Introduction to Leadership course taught by Professor Michael Kachilla, associate professor of management and professional-in-residence of entrepreneurial initiatives and leadership studies, as well as competing in the Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) in the past.

“The CLC competition is based off the CLC leadership model's terms and concepts. It gives us a chance to put our leadership skills and knowledge into action,” said Breyley. “One part of the competition this year is the Impact Challenge. What we chose to do for our Impact Challenge was to work with the United Way of Greater Stark County and created Stark County WINS.”

The virtual registration link for the free event can be found on the group’s Facebook page at