HungerU bus tour makes campus stop

HungerU bus tour makes campus stop

Nov. 8, 2013

Recognizing LaGrange College’s commitment to stopping world hunger, the HungerU Campus Bus Tour will be on the Residential Quad from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

HungerU is an initiative of the Farm Journal Foundation designed to educate college students about the significance of modern agriculture and how it affects the world’s food crisis. The college’s involvement with Stop Hunger Now brought it to the attention of HungerU, according to the Rev. Blair Tolbert, Director of Student Ministries.

“My contact at HungerU told me that the Stop Hunger Now people recommended they come here because of all the work we are already doing with this worldwide crisis,” she said. “We are, by far, the smallest college on their tour.”

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid for children around the world. 

HungerU has been traveling the country for the last year, stopping at campuses to educate students about world hunger, the global food crisis and sustainable farming practices. They have a mobile interactive classroom that allows visitors to learn and ask questions. There also will be opportunities to win prizes and play games.

Tolbert said HungerU’s mission goes hand-in-hand with the college’s emphasis on global engagement.

“We know that what we do with Stop Hunger Now and HungerU has an impact around the world,” she said. “Our students, faculty and staff have so many opportunities to reach out globally – everything from Christmas in the City and Alternative Spring Breaks to mission work during Jan Term study-away trips.

“LaGrange College is committed to making a difference, both here on our campus and local communities, but also on the global community.”

For this weekend’s Service Saturday, the college continues its work with Stop Hunger Now.

“This is the third year we have gathered in the fellowship hall at LaGrange First United Methodist Church  to package meals,” Tolbert said. “We have raised our goal to 35,000 meals, and we have 230 volunteers signed up to help us meet that goal. That’s 50 more than last year.”

Stop Hunger Now has served more than 65 countries and annually packages millions of meals through the support of millions of volunteers. A team of 40 volunteers can put together 10,000 meals in less than two hours. Each meal costs a quarter.

Tolbert said the event has become a favorite with volunteers.

“Everyone has such a good time working together for a common goal,” she said. “It’s something everyone looks forward to every year.”

Service Saturday will begin at 9 a.m.  Volunteers are reminded to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, and are asked to arrive 10 minutes early to get supplies.

For more information, contact Tolbert at btolbert@lagrange.edu or by calling (706) 880-8004.

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