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Meramec Hunger Awareness Month Provides Food for Needy

December 03, 2008

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The Mud Club, faculty club sponsor Jim Ibur and Donna Halsband strike a pose to fight hunger. Bottom: Bryan Young and students load collected food supplies into the van for Circle of Concern.

The 2008 Meramec Hunger Awareness program gave local charitable organizations, Operation Food Search and Circle of Concern, something to be thankful for as this year’s holiday season kicks into high gear. Service Learning Coordinator Donna Halsband pulled together faculty, staff and students in order to provide food for the needy, learning experiences for the campus community and camaraderie for all.

With the help of Assistant Professor Bryan Young and his business classes as well as challenges from other faculty to students and student clubs, the campus Food Drive, which ran November 3-14, raised 4,500 cans and other non-perishable items for Circle of Concern. Another 7,000 items were collected in barrels throughout the campus for Operation Food Search.

The popular Empty Bowls Luncheon was attended by 175 people and raised $1,750 for Operation Food Search. Executive Director of Operation Food Search Sunny Schaefer spoke to the group about the devastating consequences of both global and local hunger.

Assistant Professor Jim Ibur and members of the student Mud Club donated their talent and time, making symbolic ceramic bowls for each luncheon guest to take home. This event is popular not only for the great donated food from area restaurants and beautiful pottery but also because of its ability to bring people together in a very positive way and allow them to make a difference in the lives of others, according to Halsband.