Breaking the chain of hunger

Kids Against Hunger and Lindenwood University partnering to pack and ship 250,000 meals to those in need

By Brett Auten

A quarter of a million is a lot of anything.

The local chapter of Kids Against Hunger is partnering with Lindenwood University to host a food packing event. Over a two-day span, a goal of 250,000 meals will be packed and shipped both nationally and internationally. This event will focus on local food pantries while keeping sights set on opportunities to serve those in need globally.

The event takes place on Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. and on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. When community organizations come together, amazing things can happen and Kids Against Hunger are seeking help from local auto dealerships, real estate companies, roofing companies, churches, life groups, schools and non-profit organizations.

Each meal is a fraction of a dollar, just 30 cents. Each sealed package contains six nutritious meals. Each packed box will contain 216 meals and each session will require 100 packers to reach the session goal of 33,000 meals packed.

Darrell Konneman, the St. Peters Kids Against Hunger representative, urges others to be a difference maker by breaking the chain of hunger of the children in their own backyards, playgrounds and neighborhoods.

“I have seen the need and I jumped onto this,” Koeneman, a Lindenwood alum, said. “Anyone from age 8 to 80 can pack and help out.”

Estevenson Coleman knows the benefits of Kids Against Hunger firsthand.

Coleman, 22, was born in Haiti and he and his sister were put in an orphanage when his parents passed away. Coleman was just nine-years-old at the time. He recalls when the Kids Against Hunger deliveries would arrive every six months or so.

“When they would come in, we were really excited,” Coleman said. “They were easy to make and it was the nutrition that we needed to keep us healthy.”

Around the age of 15, Coleman was adopted by George and Sally Coleman and soon after enrolled in St. Charles West High School. Coleman would go on to have a successful soccer career here, going on to play at St. Charles Community College. Coleman is now a senior at Lindenwood, close to graduating with a degree in business with an emphasis in non-profit. Coleman will be one of many packers at Lindenwood, meaning he will have come full circle.

“Honestly, it’s crazy,” Coleman said. “It’s shocking, really. When I was eating the food I had no idea how it came about. That person put their time behind this to make it happen out of compassion and love. Now that it is me doing the packing, it is a strange feeling.”

Coleman is focused on giving back, making a difference, and leaving his footprint.

“There could be another person like out there who will receive this,” he said. “This is very meaningful and special.”

The Kids Against Hunger meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child’s body and mind. The food also accommodates to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world.

Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger accomplishes this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world. Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans – a hunger for meaning and contribution.

Despite the simplicity of the food’s content, it is a nutritionally complex and well-balanced meal. The meals include high-quality white, long-grain rice, vitamin-fortified, crushed soy, a dehydrated blend of six vegetables and vitamin and mineral powder.

For more information and registration contact Global Compassion Ministries For additional information, call Kids Against Hunger at 314-499-3170.

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