North Central College hosted this year’s Naperville area Feed the Need event. Composed of 40 stations, and four thousand volunteers it was the largest ever in the state.
“It really shows that there is a mission here a higher calling, instead of packing 100,000 meal packs we are doing 800,000 we are now going to top 1.9 million (children fed) and all of those people out there are not only changing a child’s life but their own as well,” said Bob Huberner, Project Coordinator for Feed the Need.
Each meal pack is composed of 6 meals which are then rationed out to each child providing them with one meal a day packed with vital nutrients that many in malnourished nations lack access to.
“It’s a vitamin enriched formula that helps those who are malnourished and in starvation mode. There are dried vegetable and roasted soy and a cup of rice in there all of the key ingredients to help them get back to a healthy life,” said Huberner.
Typically, volunteers don’t know which countries receive the meals packed – however two hundred and seventy two thousand meals from this event will go to West Africa countries that have been devastated by the Ebola epidemic.
“Those meals will be directly shipped to those countries in need, so we’re doing more than originally planned,” said North Central College Alumni and Volunteer, Whitney Roberts.
Forming a partnership between feed my starving children and north central college seemed a natural fit.
“For the college, this is super consistent with our mission. We want to be engaged in our community, we want to be civically minded – we want students to be engaged. We have a history of raising civically minded students and this is just a piece of that,” said Roberts.
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