FOREST CITY – Waldorf College will be hosting their eighth annual food packaging event and will host the event from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in the Waldorf College Atrium. The organization, formally known as Kids Against Hunger, is now titled Stop Hunger. Start Hope.
Waldorf College has been raising money over the past year to purchase supplies to fill boxes. “This particular event is about doing things for people far from us, people we will never know or meet, but people who need help as much or more than anyone we know,” Steve Smith, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, said. “Maybe the truest service of all is what we do that benefits someone else who can never thank us or give us any ‘reward’ for what we have done,” he stated.
According to Smith, Waldorf values service because students must understand much of their lives is spent in service. They will be serving their families and loved ones, their careers, their churches, communities, or those less fortunate.
Students, along with members of the community, will spend their evening filling boxes with food to send to those in need. For every box of food packaged and donated, 216 children will be fed. “This is such a big day on campus, one will feel left out if not involved,” Smith said.
Typical community participants include senior citizen groups, church organizations, and local youth groups. Those interested in getting involved in the annual Stop Hunger. Start Hope. food packaging event should contact Pøtt Van Auken at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (641) 251-4603 to reserve a packing time. The Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, IA is also accepting monetary donations year round.