Volunteers fill food void
By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
Approximately 300 volunteers scooped, plopped and zipped ingredients on 10 tables Saturday in Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University to make 50,000 meals for those in need.
FHSU students, faculty and community members worked together in assembly lines to measure out freeze-dried pinto beans, rice, soy, cheese and a vitamin blend into packages. Each package can feed six people, said Brenna Johnson, co-student coordinator of FHSU's Global Leadership Project.
The third annual Swipe Out Hunger campaign with Numana Inc. rallied volunteers to fill 30,000 packages to feed the hungry in Rwanda, Johnson said.
This is the first year the program also assembled meals for domestic use, Johnson said. FHSU's food bank will keep 20,000 packages to help locals and victims of national disasters, she said.
George Myers, Numana's director of logistics, said the Rwandan meals will have vitamin packages instead of cheese to prevent spoiling and aid the consumers' digestive systems.
Lindsay Mills, the director of Numana, said the packages make a cheesy rice meal that can be enhanced with hamburger or Ro-Tel.
Tre' Giles, an FHSU junior and Global Leadership Project's other co-student coordinator, said the annual event is a source of pride for the university.
"It brings in a lot of spirit for the school, and this is when you see people proud to be a Tiger," Giles said.
"Feeding people around the world that are hungry ... it warms my heart. This event just makes me feel good and shows the fact that there is a lot of hope left in the world."