October 11, 2011 12:00AM
Members of the Pittsburg community joined hundreds of Pittsburg State University students for a few hours on Sunday, Oct. 9, to help battle global hunger. The volunteers measured, filled, sealed and labeled packages that could mean the difference between life and starvation for some of the world's poorest persons.
Kara Hixon, a senior nursing student from Olathe, Kan., led the event, which was repeated on college campuses across the state. All of the events were part of SWIPE Out Hunger, a coordinated effort sponsored by Numana, a non-profit hunger relief organization.
In Pittsburg and at all of the other sites, volunteers put together packets that included rice, beans and other nutritious ingredients. Organizers said although small, each packet contained enough to feed six people. According to Numana, each packet cost about $1.80, making the cost of a single meal just 30 cents.
Numana has earmarked the meals for indentured servants in Haiti.