Sorority hopes to pack 150,000 meals evangelical for mission organization
By Christina Huck, senior journalism major, Meek School of Journalism and New Media
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority hosted a Feed the Hunger fundraiser at the Oxford Zaxbys on Wednesday evening to raise money for the children’s ministry of New Directions International, an evangelical mission organization that has partnered with Christian leaders since 1968.
Senior Kappa member Leigh Kaiser traveled to Kenya two summers ago with New Directions to deliver the meals that they had helped pack at a Pack-A-Thon. They brought their experience back with them to start the Feed the Hunger student organization here at Ole Miss.
A Pack-A-Thon is a fundraiser wherein volunteers pay $65 to help pack ingredients such as rice, soy, protein, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin powder that are then weighed, sealed and boxed. Each meal that is packed costs only 27 cents to make and ship.
These meals are shipped all over the world to schools that partner with New Directions. The school provides these meals to their students and for most of them, it is the only meal they get a day.
Zaxbys agreed to let Kappa host the fundraiser and donated 10 percent of each purchase to the Pack-A-Thon to sponsor someone who may not be able to pay the participation fee as well as food to pack.
The Feed the Hunger organization also sold t-shirts for $15 and jewelry that Kaiser brought back from Kenya and Haiti.
The sorority hopes to raise enough money to be able to pack 150,000 meals.
If you want to participate in this wonderful charity, the Pack-A-Thon will be held on February 22-23 at the Oxford Activity Center.