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Kiwanis needs $35,000 by Saturday for event

Volunteers for a previous Kids Against Hunger event in Jamestown pose for this photo. The Jamestown Kiwanis Club is hoping to raise $35,000 this week for its April Kids Against Hunger event. (Submitted photo)

The Jamestown Kiwanis Club is asking for help to raise $35,000 by Saturday to meet its fundraising goal of $50,000 for its Kids Against Hunger event on April 5 at the Buffalo Mall.

An anonymous donor has offered to match $1 for every $2 raised, up to $25,000, for the Kids Against Hunger event, said Krysten Perkins, a Kiwanis member who is helping organize the event. The club had raised $15,000 through Monday.

If the club meets the $50,000 fundraising goal, the anonymous donor will donate $25,000, which means the club will have $75,000 to buy supplies for Kids Against Hunger meals.

According to information provided by the Kiwanis Club, the meals include a combination of white rice, crushed soy, a dehydrated mixed vegetable blend and vitamin and mineral powder mixture. Each meal bag weighs 13.8 ounces and will feed six people. The mixture becomes a meal by adding boiling water to the bag’s contents and letting it cook for 20 minutes.

“If we can get to our funding goal, this should be our biggest Kids Against Hunger event yet,” Perkins said. “Any amount that is donated, we will receive a match. If you donate $10, the donor will give us $5.”

Jana Bergstedt, Kiwanis president and one of the local organizers of Kids Against Hunger, said the club has worked with this anonymous donor in the past and is looking forward to working with the donor in the future.

“The donor made it more challenging for us this year, which we take as a compliment,” she said.

Donations may be made at any First Community Credit Union branch in the state. In Jamestown the FCCU is located at 111 9th St. SW. Online donations may be made at KAHJamestown.

Perkins said she and her husband, Tim, volunteered at the Kiwanis Kids Against Hunger event last year.

“We both thought it was a great cause,” she said.

The couple joined Kiwanis and are helping with the event this year.

This will be the fourth year for Kids Against Hunger in Jamestown. Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food-aid organization that seeks to reduce the number of hungry children in the U.S. and around the world.

Last year Kiwanis raised $30,000. With each meal costing 23 cents, the Kids Against Hunger event in Jamestown packaged 130,434 meals. If $75,000 is raised for this year’s event, 326,086 meals could be packaged.

Perkins said the club will need more than 300 volunteers for the meal packing event this year.

“So far we’re having volunteers coming in droves,” she said.

There are morning and afternoon shifts available. The shifts are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in volunteering for Kids Against Hunger may contact the Buffalo Mall office at 251-2237, or visit

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454                       or by email at

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