Peru State packages more than 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger

Peru State packages more than 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger

March 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402-872-2429

Peru, Nebraska– Peru State student organizations, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the Al Wheeler Activity Center on March 13 to package over 20,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. More than 100 volunteers helped with packing.

Dr. Gina Bittner, faculty advisor for AIM, writes, “In partnership with Omaha Against Hunger, all 20,583 meals will be disseminated through the Foodbank for the Heartland across Nebraska!”

The Nemaha County Ministerial Association, the Good Samaritan Society and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (through their Saved to Serve ministry) were financial partners with Actions in Motion (AIM) and Omaha Against Hunger. On-campus packing volunteers came from the AIM Campus Ministry, ELCA’s Saved to Serve, Good Samaritan Society and In-Home Nursing, the women’s basketball team, the baseball team, the volleyball team, the football team, the School of Education, the Professional Staff Senate and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

The men are wearing hairnets and one sweet beardnet.

Members of the football team help pack meals: from left to right,

Bittner continues, “This event could not happen without the community and campus ministry organization’s monetary donations or the time commitment required of those who made the event happen.”

Serena Nelson (Omaha), co-president of AIM, said, “This is a really good program to bring to campus and I loved seeing all these groups come together for a good cause.”

Mikaela Thompson (Omaha), co-president of AIM, adds that she likes the food made will stay in the communities nearby.

The women are wearing hairnets and holding cups of scooped rice.

Tyra and Lexi scoop rice to add to the prepared meals.

Omaha Against Hunger is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that distributes Kids Against Hunger food products. 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.

After last year’s event, Omaha Against Hunger’s Dan Jensen commented, “We love partnering with Peru State and Nemaha County. We love seeing the community and engaging with the College. Peru State always does a nice job and reaches the goals we set.”

All the packaged meals will be donated to Food Bank for the Heartland and then distributed to children in Nebraska and western Iowa.

The women are wearing hairnets in the AWAC.

Members of the Professional Staff Senate and the School of Education – including Ashley Williams (left) and Brandy VanDerKamp (right) – help prepare meals.


The women are wearing hairnets and plastic gloves.

Members of the women’s basketball team  – including Maddie Phillips (left) and Bailey Lawnson (right) help pack meals.