Mars Hill College offers educational, fundraising activities to build awareness about hunger

Hunger haunts many Madison County citizens. It wakes them in the morning with its growling groans. It follows them throughout the day – to work and again to home – robbing their energy, their productivity, their inspiration. And finally, like all other nights, it lulls them to sleep with its endless emptiness.

Perhaps the fortunate contributors of this county don’t know of ways to help these hungry neighbors. However, for those curious enough to start somewhere, Mars Hill College will host its annual Hunger Week from March 24-March 31.

The week includes a series of activities on the campus which will educate students, staff, and members of the public about food and its distribution around the world. Hunger Week will also include several fund raising opportunities for Neighbors in Need and other local non-profits.

“Hungry people are always hurting,” said Samantha Oldham, who is the Hunger Week student director and a Mars Hill College Bonner Scholar. “Through this week, we hope to involve the Mars Hill College campus and the greater community in alleviating some of the poverty-stricken, physical pains of fellow citizens.”

Events for Hunger Week at Mars Hill College include:

Saturday, March 24 – Community Food Drive Kick-Off, 10 am-1 pm, Meeting in Lifeworks.
In this interactive community-wide event, volunteers will distribute food donation bags to all of the houses in Mars Hill. Approximately 800 homes lie within the limits of Mars Hill, so many volunteers will be needed. The bag collection will happen on March 31, the following Saturday.

Monday, March 26 – Documentary Showing of Dive, 7-9 pm, Timberline, Wren Building.
Award winning film by Jeremy Seifert, DIVE! Living off America’s Waste, exposes the staggering issue of food waste in the United States, a country that wastes 96 billion pounds of food per year. Open discussion will follow the screening.

Tuesday, March 27 – Oxfam Hunger Banquet, 5-6 pm, Redway Dining Room, Pittman Cafeteria.
This night will involve a demonstration of hunger throughout the world. A few randomly selected people will eat full meals displayed atop fine china, while the majority of the attendants will receive a bowl of rice – or nothing – and sit on the floor.

Wednesday, March 28 – Empty Bowls Dinner, 5-7 pm, Mars Hill Baptist Fellowship Hall. This fundraiser for Neighbors in Need features handmade bowls donated by the pottery classes at Mars Hill College and Rick Morgan. Attendees may purchase tickets for $15, which includes the bowl of your choice and dinner: soup and salad, drinks, and dessert. This event will also hold a silent pottery auction featuring donated pieces from local potters.

Thursday, March 29 – Food for Fashion Show, 7-8 pm, Loft, McConnell Building. The Mars Hill Business Honor Club hosts this hilarious Hunger Week show. Faculty, staff, and students will strut their stuff down the catwalk. Two canned food items or monetary donations are required for entry.

Friday, March 30 – Homeless for the Homeless, 9pm, Quad.
Mars Hill College students will be sleeping on the quad, facilitating group activities, and promoting service. During the evening, students will help pack lunches for AHOPE Day Shelter. A small group of Lifeworks’ volunteers will take the lunches with them to volunteer at AHOPE the following day from 8 am-12 pm.

Saturday, March 31 – Community Food Drive Collection, 10 am-1 pm, Meeting in Lifeworks.
Volunteers will revisit all Mars Hill homes to pick up bags filled with food. Citizens can leave bags on doorsteps or porches. All collected items will benefit Neighbors in Need.


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