By Anne Marie Amacher
DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University has teamed up with Kids Against Hunger Quad Cities to host a community-wide food packaging event Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Lee Lohman Arena on the campus.
Parishes, schools, organizations, friends and acquaintances are invited to form teams, raise money and package meals to benefit children in Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti, said John Kessler, president of Kids Against Hunger Quad-Cities.
Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food aid organization. According to its website, its goal is to “significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the U.S. and to feed starving children through the world.”
Teams of 10 to 13 people are needed for each time slot, Kessler said. Each team needs to raise $400, which will make 1,600 meals that each team will package in an hour.
Kessler said the goal is to package 100,000 meals Oct. 1 — of which 90,000 will go to those three countries and 10,000 will stay in the Quad-City area and be distributed to food pantries and meal kitchens.
Each package contains a rice, soy, vegetable, vitamin and mineral mix and serves six people, he noted.
Ann Metzger of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Davenport has been involved with Kids Against Hunger for several years. “Most people I know are extremely kind-hearted when it comes to people in need and this Kids Against Hunger event will give the Quad Cities a hands-on opportunity to help others in need. Packaging the dried soy, rice and vegetables is easy, fun and it saves people’s lives.”
St. Ambrose is donating the space. Ambrosians for Peace and Justice and SAU athletics are assisting with the event.
To check for open times, visit www.kahqc.com. In addition, volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts throughout the day to replenish supplies and help with setup and takedown.
To reserve a team time, to volunteer to assist, or for more information contact Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org.