Saint Mary Works to Combat Hunger at SWIPE Event

11/13/2012 12:00:00 AM

9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 17, USM’s McGilley Field House



(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Building on the University of Saint Mary’s successful participation in last year’s SWIPE—the State-Wide Packaging Event sponsored by Numana, Inc., to combat world hunger—dozens of volunteers from the USM community will again work this Saturday, Nov. 17, to package thousands of meals for distribution to hungry families in Africa.

This year’s edition of SWIPE, sponsored again by Kansas-based Numana, Inc., will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in McGilley Field House on the USM main campus in Leavenworth, at 4100 South 4th Street. Volunteers are still needed to help package the 20,000 meals needed for shipment.

At the Saint Mary event, volunteers—including students, faculty, staff, and the greater community—will work together in assembly line-style packaging rice, beans, and other foodstuffs into parcels that can sustain a family of six for up to three days.

“This is a great event for USM,” said Sr. Julie Marsh, USM’s director of campus ministry. “The goal is two-fold: one, we get to broaden our students’ and community’s awareness of hunger. And two, we’re actually feeding the hungry.”

Sr. Marsh says volunteers are still needed for the event. She hopes to have a volunteer force of about 200 for the day’s event. Contact her at ext. 6146 or marsh50@stmary.edu for more information or to get involved.