Students pack thousands of bags of food for the hungry

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College kicked off Hunger Awareness Week by stuffing more than 100,000 bags full of food.

Students packed bags with rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamin powder to be shipped off to people in need all around the world.

“I think it is just a really powerful and impactful experience just helping out those in need is just really a good way to give back,” Local Global President Mandy Amberg said. “We're very fortunate and I think a lot of times you take for granted everything you have so it's nice to give back to those who maybe don't have as much.”

The project is led each year by the campus' Local Global group who partners with Hearts and Hands Against Hunger. Some professors even sent their classes to go and help pack bags.

“We work with partners around the world that know where the areas of need are and can get us secure, good transportation into those areas,” HHAH Event Coordinator Pastor Renee Johnson said. “We work with Orphan Grain Train a lot with our shipping so that takes this food right into folks that are in need around the world.”

Hastings College will also be hosting an event to make sandwiches for the homeless in the Hastings area.