October 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. CDT
Volunteers gather for Kids Against Hunger event at Peru State
Community members, the Nemaha County Ministerial Association, numerous Peru State staff, student groups and athletic teams gathered in the Al Wheeler Activity Center October 5 to package over 44,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. Peru State organized the event in partnership with the Nemaha County Ministerial Association, led by Pastor Ken Miller, who raise $11,000 in funds to support the effort.
Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit Omaha-based national organization whose goal is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the U.S. and to feed starving children throughout the world. The meals packaged at Peru State by nearly 300 volunteers will be shipped to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
“The partnership between the Nemaha County Ministerial Association and Peru State College allowed for a seamless event,” said Dr. Gina Bittner, Associate Professor of Education at Peru State and organizer of the event. “The sheer number of people who participated in the 2015 Nemaha County Kids Against Hunger event demonstrates a level of compassion and commitment to making a difference that would be hard to beat in any small community. We are truly blessed to live in a place where people care, people commit, and people work together to make a difference.”
Groups who volunteered or contributed:
- Nemaha County Ministerial Association
- Peru Community Church
- Nemaha County Rotary Club
- Auburn Girl Scouts
- Peru State College Psych Club
- Auburn United Methodist Church Youth Group
- Auburn United Methodist Church
- Southeast Nebraska People First
- Many community members
- Peru State College Campus Services
- Peru State College Men¹s Basketball Team
- Peru State College School of Education
- Peru State College Student Success Services
- Peru Student Education Association
- Peru State College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
- Peru State College Actions in Motion (a chapter of the Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry organization) Peru State College Volleyball Team
- Peru State College Student Ambassadors
- Peru State College Baseball Team
- Peru State College Rotoract Club
- Peru State College Women’s Basketball Team
- Peru State College Cross Country Team
- Peru State College Softball Team
- Peru State College Football Team
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” an arboretum, is nestled in historic southeast Nebraska. The state’s first college, Peru State offers a unique mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. It is a college of choice fostering excellence and student achievement through engagement in a culture that promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation.