Faculty package meals for Haiti
Written by Carissa Lucas
Last Tuesday, at an old furniture store in Temple, 18,000 meals were packaged by faculty in partnership with the organization Kids Against Hunger.
Assistant Professor of music Deborah Jones previously worked with the organization.
“It was just such a tremendous experience,” Jones said. “Everyone who experienced it was thrilled to be a part of this project.”
The organization packages and delivers food to children all over the world.
When the UMHB faculty partnered with the organization, it was decided that the food packaged by volunteers would be delivered to designated areas of Haiti.
The faculty assembly’s Christian Planning Committee, of which Jones is the chairman, was looking for a way for faculty to give back.
“We’re trying to focus more on service as a university, so we thought the faculty needed to do a service project. We wanted to do something really big, so I brought up the Kids Against Hunger organization, and the committee just loved it,” Jones said.
Assistant Professor of exercise and sport science Matt Lovett also serves on the committee and was in charge of gathering donations from faculty for the service project.
He was excited to work with his fellow colleagues to help out the organization.
“Our faculty is so segmented across campus …. It was good to meet people across campus, hang out and interact with them, especially for something that’s such a good cause,” Lovett said.
The faculty had to raise money and ended up earning about $3,000. This was enough for the 18,000 meals they packaged for children of Haiti.
Assistant Professor of nursing Becky Bunn is also on the committee. She was in charge of scheduling faculty members for one of the two shifts needed to package the food.
“We had two groups of 40 faculty members,” Bunn said. “My group was from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the second group was from 5:30 to 7 p.m.”
The volunteers formed an assembly line and packaged meals containing 21 vitamins and minerals, soy, vegetables and rice. The soy and nutrient-rich formula reverses the starvation process.
Bunn and her colleagues enjoyed working together for Kids Against Hunger and hope to continue the tradition the faculty has started.
“Some of us in the College of Nursing were saying we kind of hope that we make this a yearly project,” Bunn said. “It makes a difference. We were doing something together as a faculty that was going to make a difference in other people’s lives.”