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Fundraising Begins for Annual Kids Against Hunger Event

Jason Eck

Kids Against HungerWaldorf College and Immanuel Lutheran Church have started raising money for a food-packaging event set for March in partnership with the food-aid organization Kids Against Hunger.

This is the second year that the school and church have joined forces for the event, which Waldorf started in 2007. Last year, local organizers raised more than $15,000 to buy food that was packaged and sent to hungry people in Haiti following a devastating earthquake. More than 300 volunteers, including Waldorf students, community members and church youth groups, packaged nearly 50,000 highly nutritious meals.

Pott Van Auken, a local coordinator with Immanuel Lutheran Church, said the event is about making a difference.

“We’ve all been told and commanded to look out for the poor and hungry, and that is what we’re trying to do, to instill in our children that we can really make a difference by doing a small thing like packing food for an hour,” Van Auken said.

Event organizers hope to match the $15,000 goal this year. To aid in this quest, containers have been set up at various locations across the Waldorf campus and in the Forest City community for monetary donations. Funds also may be sent to the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation, 106 S. Sixth St., Forest City, IA 50436, or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 246 S. Clark St., Forest City, IA 50436. Donors are urged to write in the memo line of the check that the money is for Kids Against Hunger.

There are other opportunities to give to the cause. Youth and parents will serve pancakes at a dinner fundraiser set from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Reservations are not required, and freewill donations will be accepted. Kids Against Hunger T-shirts are available for $8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church or by contacting Cathy Stensland in the Waldorf Financial Aid Department office.

Food packaging will be conducted from 2 to 7 p.m. on March 2 in the Atrium at Waldorf. Those interested in volunteering may contact Van Auken at or (641) 581-4138.

Locally packaged food will be sent to Haiti or Tanzania, Van Auken said.

The Kids Against Hunger campaign at Waldorf is managed by members of the Waldorf College Committee on Vocation and Service. The panel organizes and tracks service projects undertaken by Waldorf students and employees. The committee does not operate with a budget.

Waldorf, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs such as music, theater, sociology, physical education, fire science administration and criminal justice administration.