Hungry? Help us make 23-cent meals!

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown looks to hold its third Kids Against Hunger meal-packaging event, thanks to another gift from an anonymous donor.

As a Kiwanis member and a parent, I’m so humbled to be part of Kids Against Hunger. It feeds starving families – which is hard to imagine in our world – but we feel helpless when our children bonk their heads, are bullied in school or get the flu. What would it fee like to watch our children STARVE?

Kiwanis will again work with the Aberdeen, S.D., branch of Kids Against Hunger to raise funds and package the meals at a Jamestown location this spring. In order to purchase supplies, Kiwanis must raise $10,000 by Jan. 31 to match the $10,000 gift from the anonymous donor. All donations are tax deductible.

In addition to financial donations, more than 300 volunteers are needed to help package meals. Can you help us?

At prior events, volunteers attended in groups from churches, schools, service clubs and families including but not limited to Litchville-Marion, Medina and Steele youth groups, church groups from St. Paul’s United Methodist, Atonement Lutheran, Church of Latter Day Saints, Immanuel Lutheran and St. James Basilica as well as sports teams from Jamestown College.

Janna Bergstedt, marketing manager for First Community Credit Union and one of the event’s organizers for Kiwanis, said Kids Against Hunger packages and sends meals consisting of vegetables, vitamins, rice and soy for starving children in the U.S. and abroad. Meal recipients need only to add water and boil the dried ingredients for 20 minutes. Meals are distributed internationally as well as locally.

A child dies from hunger-related causes every six seconds, but to feed them requires so little. Each Kids Against Hunger meal serving costs 23 cents, so every donated dollar counts. Even if a person can only donate a quarter, that still pays for a full meal for someone in need.

“Little donations, big donations, we will take anything — and they all add up,” said Don Bentz, another event organizer.

Jamestown raised $23,000 for its first Kids Against Hunger event in April 2011, packaging 100,000 meals. It again raised $25,000 in October 2011, matching a $25,000 gift from the anonymous donor.

Drop of donations at either First Community Credit Union Jamestown location, 111 Ninth St. SW or 606 25th St. SW, or mail them to PO Box 2180, Attn: Janna Bergstedt, Jamestown, ND 58402-2180. Checks can be made out to the Kiwanis Club of Jamestown.

For more information about Jamestown’s Kids Against Hunger event, to donate to the cause or to volunteer, contact Bergstedt at 253-5109 or janna.bergstedt@myfccu.com. We’re also online, Facebook.com/JamestownKiwanis.

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