Local college students team up to help fight hunger in their community

Published: Mar. 6, 2019 at 9:48 PM CST
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Many hands were at work Wednesday afternoon to help fight hunger in Dunn County.

The 'Spring Into Service Meal Pack-a-Thon' took place at the Memorial Student Center at UW-Stout in Menomonie.

About 160 students, staff and community members took time to pack roughly 25,000 meals.

About 75 percent of the bags will be donated to local food pantries in Dunn County.

The event carried meaning for Stout students helping out, as nationally, about 10 percent of college students use food pantries.

"This is a really great experience”, says Jessica Jurgella, Civic Engagement Coordinator at UW-Stout. “I think that's not necessarily a well-known fact that college students particularly really do struggle with food insecurity.” “So, it's really nice to see students giving back to their peers as well as their local community."

Nearly 4,200 bags were packed.

Each bag packed serves six people, containing a dry rice meal that includes soy, vitamins and protein.

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