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Volunteers Still Needed to Help at Food-Packaging Event March 2

Jason Eck

More volunteers are needed to help package food at a Wednesday, March 2 event sponsored by Waldorf College and Immanuel Lutheran Church. This is the second year the college and Forest City church have teamed up to help the food-aid organization, Kids Against Hunger.

“Things are going well,” said Pott Van Auken, a local coordinator with Immanuel Lutheran. “We have well over 200 people signed up to pack, and almost every day another group of people call to say they want to help. But we need at least 350 willing people, so we need more people to step up and volunteer.”

Volunteers on board include church youth groups, Girl Scouts and middle school students. More students and community members are needed to volunteer for one-hour time slots between 2-7 p.m. at the college Atrium. To sign up to volunteer, contact Van Auken at (641) 581-4138 or or Momo Wolapaye at Volunteers also can register at the Waldorf Campus Center information desk.

Organizers hope to raise $15,000 to help buy enough supplies for volunteers gathered at the Waldorf Atrium to package 60,000 highly nutritious meals. Each meal costs 25 cents. Locally packaged food will be sent to Haiti and/or Tanzania, Van Auken said. So far, organizers have raised more than $11,000, Van Auken said. To help raise more funds, containers have been set up at various locations across the Waldorf campus and at many businesses in the Forest City community. Funds also may be dropped off at the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation, 106 S. Sixth St., Forest City, or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 246 S. Clark St., Forest City.

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, psychology, physical education, fire science administration and criminal justice administration.