The Meredith College Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA) hosted a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event on National Food Day, October 30, 2015. The project was very successful, packaging more than 17,000 meals.
The Meredith College NGSA is a student-led service, leadership, and professional development organization. Their main goal is to give back to the community with service and by providing awareness regarding vital nutrition issues that affect our surrounding community at large.
This fall the NGSA chose Stop Hunger Now as their fall charity. The non-profit organization based in Raleigh has a mission to end world hunger in our lifetime by mobilizing resources to communities most in need. Meals packaged at events are distributed internationally to those most vulnerable to food insecurity.
Together, with support from the Meredith Nutrition and Wellness Association and Alpha Lambda Delta, the Nutrition Graduate Student Association exceeded their fundraising goal of $4,900 and raised a grand total of $6,400 prior to the meal-packaging event. More than 80 volunteers packaged 17,064 meals at the event on October 30 in under two hours. Additional funds raised will go toward providing clean water and school supplies to the same communities fed by the 17,064 meals.
The Meredith College Master of Science in Nutrition program was so pleased with the outcome of the event and willingness of the extremely busy graduate students to give of their time, especially the NGSA leaders. The organization is led by Liz Hurley, Katie Murphy, Amanda Stewart, and Haley Thigpen.
For more information, contact Liz Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Submitted by Tracy Smith, Graduate Program Manager for Nutrition