Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rec & Ed campers fight hunger at Food Gatherers

Rec & Ed’s Summer Learning Institute campers took a field trip to Food Gatherers in July to learn about hunger and how they can fight it. Each camper brought a non-perishable item to donate to the Food Gatherers’ pantry. 

Food Gatherers staff person Mary Schlitt began the educational tour with Kid President’s “5 Things That Make Summer Awesome” video. This short video starts with funny thoughts on summer and ends with facts about the 21 million American children who are experiencing hunger this summer. For every “view” of this video, ConAgra gave a contribution to Feeding America. 

SLI Campers pose inside the new
Food Gatherers warehouse.

Campers learned that all different people experience hunger in our community. 

“Hungry people sometimes look like us and sometimes don't,” said a third grade camper. “You don't know if a person is hungry or not.” 

The most exciting part of the trip was visiting the Gathering Farm, located directly in front of the building. Food Gatherers grows a carefully selected array of vegetables to meet the nutritional needs of their clients and ensure high yields. Campers learned about the farm and picked radishes for Food Gatherers to use in their food distribution. 

Two campers showed off their harvest.
Picking radishes was a fun group activity.

At the end of the visit, Ms. Schlitt reminded campers of the three ways they fought hunger: by watching the Kid President video, donating a non-perishable item, and picking radishes. 

“Learning that people – including children -- in our community are hungry was a profound experience,” said Vickie Malcolm, the Rec & Ed coordinator who oversees the camp. 

“They left feeling empowered that they could fight hunger too, by teaching others about the problem, donating and volunteering.”

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