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Waldorf College hosts food packaging event to help fight against hunger

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Hundreds of Forest City community members will join the fight against child hunger by packaging thousands of meals at the Kids Against Hunger program on Wednesday, March 7, in the Waldorf College Atrium.

Waldorf College is hosting the annual event, organized by the Committee on Vocation and Service and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Forest City, for the sixth consecutive year. “Kids Against Hunger is the biggest service project that happens in the Forest City area,” said Steve Smith, the chair of the committee and assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Waldorf College. “This is a great way for Waldorf to connect with the world.”

A non-profit U.S.-based food-aid organization, Kids Against Hunger aims to fight child hunger throughout the world.

Waldorf staff, faculty and students will jon hundreds of community members to participate in the service activity from 2-8 p.m. on March 7. Participating volunteers will fill the bags with rice, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin powder. “There is a kind of electricity in the room with so many community members working toward the same goal,” said Smith. “Everyone wants to be a part of it!”

Senior Lauren Devereaux has been a volunteer for the event since her freshman year. As part of a Waldorf College theme house, Devereaux helped organize a bake sale and raise money for cause last year. “We have food and shelter to keep us full and warm, while others don't have the basic needs for survival,” said Devereaux, a psychology major at Waldorf College. “I am a part of this committee because I want to help the less fortunate in the world.”

Each bag of food, which costs 25 cents, contains a whole day’s worth of nutrition. Over 400 community members came together for the event last year, which raised $17,000 and packaged over 72,000 pounds of meals, exceeding their goal of $15,000. This year’s goal is also to raise $15,000 to package 60,000 meals. Proceeds from Waldorf’s holiday Breadline directly support this cause.

The Kids Against Hunger event is one of many service activities at Waldorf College throughout the year. The college hosts blood drives, cancer awareness events and community clean-ups, and regularly supports the local food bank. Many Waldorf students serve local and regional nonprofits as interns and volunteers.

To sign up for the event, please email Pott Van Auken at and visit the Waldorf College Foundation website to make a donation. Please designate your donation to Campus Ministry and write "Kids Against Hunger" in the Notes line. For more information about the event, visit the Waldorf College Kids Against Hunger website