USM Works to Combat Hunger with Meal Packaging Event

11/12/2013 12:00:00 AM

9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 | USM’s McGilley Field House 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Continuing an annual November tradition at the University of Saint Mary, dozens of volunteers from the USM community will again work together on Saturday, Nov. 23, to package thousands of meals for distribution internationally to hungry families in need.

This year’s anti-hunger event at Saint Mary is being held in concert with international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now. It will be held from 9-11 a.m. in McGilley Field House on the USM main campus in Leavenworth, at 4100 South 4th Street.

Volunteers are still needed to help package the 16,000 meals needed for shipment. Send email to [email protected] to volunteer for the event.

At the Saint Mary event, volunteers—including students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater community—will work as an assembly line combining rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix into small meal packages. The packages contain 21 essential vitamins and minerals, and can be easily stored, transport quickly, and boast a shelf-life of up to two years.

“This is a great event for USM,” said Sister 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.”

The packaging event concludes Hunger Awareness Week at USM. Other events that week will include educational activities, guest speakers, and a food drive. Students will learn information about how much food is wasted in America, and will have the opportunity to participate in a day of fasting.

Sr. Marsh says volunteers are still needed for the packaging event. She hopes to have a volunteer force of about 200 for Nov. 23. Contact her at [email protected] for more information or to get involved.

To learn more about Stop Hunger Now, go to