What would you do if you weren’t able to have food on the table for dinner? If you weren’t able to get in the car and go to the drive through of your favorite place? Without even knowing it, the majority of us are taking this for granted.
This is why our school contributes to the Hunger Project each year.
What is the Hunger project do you ask? It is a global, non-profit, organization called “feeding Children Everywhere” that started 2 years ago. When you give them money, they come to you with lentil and rice along with everything needed to package it up so that they can take the meals and send them to Zambia.
There are up to 14,000 communities that are partnered with the Hunger project if anyone is interested in individually getting involved.
Here at Wethersfield High School, we contribute to the Hunger project as well. Our first time 2 years ago, we paid the organization for the food so that they would come with lentils and rice and everything else needed to package. The second time doing it, the school decided to provide everything needed to help local pantries near us. They weren’t able to make as many meals as the year before, but definitely enough to make a difference.
After hurricanes Harvey hit Texas, Students were eager to help out.
Fortunately, on Saturday, September 23, Mr. Sand, a Social Studies teacher at Wethersfield High School, organized a Hunger Project event at WHS for the 3rd year. We asked him why he chooses to do this in school to help out. He said, “The goals of the school are to help kids realize that there is a big wide world out there and that we are a part of making the world a better place.” He continued to say, “This is a tangible benefit. If you donate money to some cause, you have no idea where the money goes, or who it helps…. Here, you are sending a meal to somebody who’s in need, who can open it, cook it, and be full.” The volunteer event was successful with many eager participants who were excited to give back to those in need.
Mr. Sand does not plan to stop helping the Hunger Project anytime soon. We asked him what can be done for those who want to participate next year. He said the number one thing to do is get people to sign up. A donation is made of $20-$25 which goes towards the food that needs to be bought. Another project will be done in the spring and it is still to be determined where the food will be donated to. Everyone still has a chance to make a difference if they would like to.
It was an amazing feeling to contribute to end world hunger. Everyone deserves a healthy, fulfilling life of self reliance and dignity.