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Kiwanis raises $50,000 for Kids Against Hunger event

Volunteers helped the Jamestown Kiwanis Club package meals last year at the Buffalo Mall for a Kids Against Hunger service project.

Katie Ryan-Anderson described a

video she had watched of a woman

assembling a cake out of mud,

flour and butter. These contents

comprised the only ingredients

available to assemble a meal.

“That’s what people ate just because

there isn’t anything,” said

Ryan-Anderson, president of the

Kiwanis Club in Jamestown. “It’s

not that they don’t want to work,

it’s not that they don’t want to be

self sufficient, there just isn’t anything.”

Kiwanis is an international

nonprofit organization centered

around helping children. The

Jamestown branch has more 

than doubled its original goal in 2011 of $23,000 in fundraising efforts to aid the Kids Against Hunger program, a worldwide program that provides meals to malnourished and starving children across the globe.

The club's original goal transfers to 100,000 meals. This year, the goal was $50,000 — nearly 218,000 meals. Kiwanis reached this goal after an anonymous donor provided a third of the cost in donations.

Other major donations came from Wal-Mart, Valley Sales and Newman Signs.

Meals consist of 21 vitamins and minerals, rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavoring. Each pack of food feeds six people and is ready to eat after boiling water is added. One pack of food costs $1.38, including food and packaging.

Ryan-Anderson said 400 volunteers are needed to help package food on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Stutsman Harley-Davidson, 2501 3rd Ave. SW, in Jamestown. There are two shifts available, one from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and another from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers don’t need to bring anything with them and can sign up by calling the Buffalo Mall at 251-2237 or emailing jamestownkiwanis@gmail.com.

Food is distributed through the Great Plains Food Bank in Jamestown and will benefit people in the Midwest region in the U.S. and children in Africa.

“We are so fortunate in our country and in our community that there is food banks and different food stamps and things like that,” said Janna Bergstedt, board member and co-chair event planner for Kiwanis. “So it’s neat that we can play a big role and try to end starvation and feed those little tummies.”

Kiwanis adopted the Kids Against Hunger program after a member attended a convention and learned about the program. This is the biggest event the club puts on all year, according to Bergstedt.

“It’s really amazing when you see 400, well actually it’s about 200 people (per shift), in one room helping this one cause. It’s amazing to see and be apart of,” Bergstedt said.

Those interested in donating can mail donations to: First Community Credit Union, Attn: Janna Bergstedt, P.O. Box 2180, Jamestown, ND 58401, or email jamestownkiwanis@gmail.com. Checks can be made out to the Kiwanis Club. Donations are also accepted by debit/credit card at www.GoFundMe.com/KAHJamestown.

acremer@jamestownsun.com

(701) 952-8453

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