AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University student-led initiative is combining forces with the international hunger relief agency, Stop Hunger Now, to pack 10,000 meals at the Ralph B. Draughon Library on campus at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.
Senior Devin Yeomans got the idea to host a meal packing event and help fight hunger abroad from her work as the College of Human Sciences’ representative on the Committee of 19.
“I love the idea of actually putting food into a box that you know is going to someone that needs it,” she said. “It’s one thing to write a check to an organization that’s doing good, but actually packing meals is a much better way for students to be more engaged in the fight. This way, hunger is more real but they get to do something about it.”
The Committee of 19 is seeking donations of time and money for Saturday’s meal packing event. According to Stop Hunger Now, it can take 40 to 50 volunteers about two hours to pack 10,000 meals. At 25 cents per meal, the Committee of 19 is seeking at least $2,500.
“We’ve been collecting donations and have gotten amazing student and faculty support,” said Yeomans.
Yeomans is also one of four students who last year founded the Why Care campaign, which urges people to consider and share why they care about ending the epidemic of hunger at home and abroad. Early this year, she was awarded an honorable mention for The President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, which is awarded for the fight against hunger and a commitment to a life of service in the areas of hunger and poverty reduction.
A native of Montgomery, Yeomans is majoring in nutrition and dietetics in the College of Human Sciences with a minor in hunger studies.
(Written by Amy Weaver.)