Hunger into Hope
September 21, 2017
The season of giving is slowly approaching upon us. Volunteers from around the Boone County area will be donating their time at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Ill. on Oct. 13-14 for an event called Hunger into Hope.
“Hunger into Hope is a partnership with Feed My Starving Children where we host their mobile pack event,” said Immanuel Youth Director Mr. Josh Wold.
Seven hundred volunteers from throughout Boone County will work in two-hour shifts to pack at least 150,000 meals. Meals that are packed, are scientifically developed to reverse and prevent malnutrition. The meals are then donated to selected missions and humanitarian agencies worldwide, who use it to supply orphanages, schools, health care facilities, community feeding programs, and other institutions intervening in severe poverty.
“This is the fifth year that we have hosted this event. We have packaged over 600,000 meals in the past five years, and have had over 4,000 volunteers serve,” said Wold.
The entire month of September will be a community wide food drive that will help benefit the Boone county food pantries: Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry, and Compassion Closet.
Sports teams and clubs from both Belvidere and Belvidere North will be attending this event.
Business Teacher Ms. Donna Schelonka will also be taking kids from Belvidere High School to a Feed My Starving Children event in Schaumburg, Ill.
“We plan on doing two field trips this year. One is scheduled for Oct. 19, and the second trip will be during second semester,” said Schelonka.
Schelonka has taken BHS students the past few years. Spots get filled up quick, because the students enjoy doing this event so much.
“The students have really enjoyed taking time out to give back and to help package food for needy children in other countries. Many volunteers have gone on the field trip multiple times and are moved by the stories of the children who receive the food,” said Schelonka.
Students can request a permission slip from Ms. Schelonka, but space may be limited.