HCC Servant Leadership Program 7th annual “Hearts and Hands for Hunger”

OneMeal Event to help feed hungry children

FREEPORT — The Highland Community College Servant Leadership Program is gearing up for their 7th annual “Hearts and Hands for Hunger” OneMeal Event.  They are seeking help from individuals and businesses that would be willing to sponsor meals for hungry children.  The cost of each meal is 25 cents.

The goal this year is to feed 75,000 children. The event will be held on Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for local schools and Friday, April 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for community. The event will be held at the HCC Student/Conference Center, Room, H-201. Donations are preferred by April 5, but will also be welcome up to the day of the event.  The event is open to all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thirteen area high schools, representing over 150 students who participate in the Highland Community College Servant Leadership program are continuing the campaign to help feed children who are hungry. The past six years, Servant Leaders have been able to provide 400,705 meals for children locally and to other children around the world who are in need.

Highland Servant Leadership is once again partnering with the organization “Kids Around the World” from Rockford, IL. “Kids Around the World” brings all materials and supplies that are needed. Volunteers come together and package the meals.

“It is a great hands-on way to get people directly involved in the process of feeding starving children all over the world,” said HCC Servant Leadership Coordinator Kim Pool. “Kids Around the World ships and distributes the meals to partners on the ground in countries to assure the meals get to the children. For only 25 cents, a child’s life can be changed.”

There are four ways in which people can get involved:  (1) Donate and Sponsor Meals at .25 cents each.  (2) Purchase a T-shirt with proceeds going to provide meals for children. (3) Sponsor a Table for $250.00, which provides 1,000 meals to children.  Sponsorship can be for business promotion; or in memory/honor of a loved one. (4) Volunteer at the event on April 8 and/or April 9.

Those interested in donating or assisting in the effort should contact High School Servant Leadership Coordinator Kim Pool at kim.pool@highland.edu or call 815.599.3574. Donations for Meal Sponsorship should be made payable to KATW/HCC Servant Leadership and sent to: Kim Pool, Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL 61032.

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