Four Culver Girls Academy seniors have officially declared war on hunger. And they had 80 more people join them in a frontal assault with a Fill Their Plate Pack-a-Thon from Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Lay Dining Hall.
Caitlynn Fortner (Dalton, Ga.) , Joy Shen (Oviedo, Fla.), Alex Ding (Edina, Minn.), and Jacqueline McCloskey (DeMotte, Ind.) are the nucleus of The Hunger Fighters Project. It is a program they developed while Fortner and Shen were attending the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, during their junior year. Ding, who attended the state conference held at Purdue University, joined when they came back. McCloskey, who went to the World Food Prize meeting with her family, joined Hunger Fighters shortly thereafter.
The girls raised $5,200 through special hunger awareness fund-raisers, which was enough to package 20,000 meals from Kids Against Hunger, a not-for-profit with an affiliate based in Fort Wayne, Ind. During the two-hour pack-a-thon, 80 volunteers from the Academies and Culver community packed meals with food supplied by Kids Against Hunger. Fair Oaks Farms donated ice cream for the volunteers after the event.
The pre-packaged meals will help fight hunger locally and overseas. The meals are soy-fortified and full of vitamins and minerals. For photos of the event, which were shot by Jason Chan ’14, are now up on The Hunger Fighters Project Facebook page.