Southwestern College students will gather Sunday, Oct. 7, to package and deliver 1,000 bags of food for the Homecoming Hunger Project. The event is being hosted by the service learning organizations at Southwestern, which include Leadership, Discipleship, and Green Team. Students from all athletic teams, student life, student government, performing arts, and the service learning teams will be in attendance.
“I am extremely excited about this service effort on campus. It is rare that a college is able to rally so many students, faculty, and staff to be a part of service work together,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of leadership.
The packaged food will be used as supplements for the “Backpacks for Kids” program at USD 465, which works with the Kansas Food Bank to provide food for the weekends to children who have been identified as food insecure. There are currently 81 children in the program and SC’s donation will supply all 81 with food for three months worth of weekends. The bags of food will also include a hand written letter from a college student as encouragement to the children who will be receiving them.
Funding for the event has been provided by a donation from Steve and Cathy Hamlin and a contribution from each department participating. There was also a total of $4,520 raised for the project. SC staff and faculty are providing plastic bags for the event.
“The Southwestern students have proven that they care about the issue of hunger and are willing to act on their convictions. And by contributing funding and support to the event, the institution as a whole is living out its commitment to service,” said Wilke.
The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., and the evening will end with the delivery of food to USD 465 Superintendent J.K. Campbell and Winfield High School food service director Robyn Bailey.