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November 29, 2010

Cowley students take part in Numana food packaging event


NumanaAdvisors and members of Phi Theta Kappa and ACES from Cowley College spent part of Nov. 19-20 doing their part to "Save the Starving" by participating in a Numana food packaging event.

Founded by Rick McNary from El Dorado, KS., Numana, Inc. is a nonprofit hunger relief organization with the mission to empower people to save the starving. Individuals and private groups raise the funds to pay for materials and food products. Numana, with the help of its major partner, The Salvation Army, organizes the manpower and other resources needed to provide the packaging and shipping.

Quart size plastic bags are filled with measured amounts of rice, beans, soy and vitamin supplements. When the contents of a bag are boiled with six cups of water, it provides a fortified rice-soy casserole that will feed six. Each bag costs $1.80 to produce.

Since its beginning, just over two years ago, Numana has shipped most of the food bags to the ravaged country of Haiti. On Saturday, Nov. 20, the food packaging event was sponsored by many groups and individuals in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma and was held at Strother Field. On Friday, Nov. 19, the evening was spent setting up the assembly line tables, putting together shipping boxes and attending training sessions to work as Green Shirt Volunteers. Saturday, the Cowley students and advisors worked half-day shifts as table coordinators, runners and shipping workers. At the end of the day, approximately $52,000 had been raised and over 1100 volunteers packaged 198,828 meals.

Members of ACES attending were: Kiley Andes, Jeremiah Bierle, Reese Blaylock, Lydia Farley, Kasie Hashaw, Melissa McAfee, Indigo Pohlman, Brandon Underwood, ACES Counselor, James Fry and ACES student coordinator, Shannon Hinson.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa attending were: Jordan Williams, Justin Balmer, Chi Fung Ng, Claudia Sotelo, Jeremiah Bierle, Shannon Hinson, Stacey Storck, Roberta Anis, Sarah Rebold and Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Ryan Doom and Nancy Ayers.

Other Cowley College students attended as well, in partial fulfillment of their social science department service learning requirement.

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