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Fifth Grade Fights Hunger
By: Fifth Grade Teachers Annie Menees and Todd Valdez
The fifth grade students at Rossman School recently finished their service project for Kids Against Hunger. The students have been volunteering their time and energy to raise an impressive $1,500 over the last few months. This money was used to buy food for more than 4,000 meals for those in need. On March 8, the students worked in an assembly line and packaged the ready-to-eat meals, which will be sent to different areas of Central America in a few weeks to feed those experiencing severe hunger.
“Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipients can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger accomplishes this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world.” Our fifth graders worked alongside teachers and parents to package the meals on this day.
Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans – a hunger for meaning and contribution. Our students learned about the importance of this cause and were eager to help.
“The Kids Against Hunger meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child’s body and mind. The food also accommodates to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world. The organization’s meals offer all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition. The beauty of the food formulation is its simplicity. It is made from four readily available, dry ingredients that are easy to package, keep for long periods, and require only boiling with water to prepare. Despite the simplicity of the food’s content, it is a nutritionally complex and well balanced meal.”
Our students worked tremendously hard for a great cause packaging thousands of meals. The organizers were very impressed with each student’s behavior and effort. It was a very rewarding day!