“Stop Hunger in Its Tracks" Food Packaging Event
- Friday - December 16, 2016
- 9:00 AM
- NARS Main Hallway in Industrial Training Center (ITC)
Volunteers will be packaging meals 20,000 meals and collecting for the JCCC food pantry to combat hunger locally and globally.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) maintains its technical training center on the campus of Johnson County Community College, and the business has joined forces with JCCC for a campaign to combat hunger called “Stop Hunger in Its Tracks.”
Volunteers will receive a tour of the BNSF program and a turn at the locomotive simulator! Go online to sign up to volunteer or to donate money to the effort.
Volunteers will help to package over 20,000 highly nutritious meals that will be delivered to developing countries where people are dying from hunger. The World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people do not have enough to eat each day. Children are the hardest hit: every six seconds, a child succumbs to hunger-related causes.
In the developing countries, the availability of a hot meal can help promote education, health, and gender equality, while combating cycles of poverty, childhood mortality and disease.
To address hunger locally, BNSF and JCCC departments will be collecting food for the JCCC food pantry, too. As of 2014, about 1 in 15 Johnson County residents live below the federal poverty line, and about 6.5 percent of the county population was living in poverty. The JCCC food pantry feeds an average of 50 to 60 people a week and is in continuous need of substantially nutritious food. You may donate money to the food pantry online as well.For more information, email Mary Smith or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 3570.