January 28, 2017 was Ohio Northern University’s second annual “Food Fight,” as students, faculty, and staff participated in the 30-Hour Famine and Pack Away Hunger events on campus and in the community. The 30-Hour Famine has been a tradition at ONU for the last several years, and this year’s event, as in years past, was entirely planned and put on by students involved with Religious Life. Under the direction of Kara Horvath, a fourth year Pharmacy student, this year’s Famine raised over $300 for World Vision.
This was the second year for Pack Away Hunger, and under the direction of Brittany Toney, fourth year Pharmacy student, over 80 participants packed 22,088 nutrient-filled meal pouches. Each pouch, which includes an extra packet of nutrients specially developed for the program, will feed a family of six. With the number of meals packed this year, ONU has been able to feed 795,168 people. Seventy percent of the packaged meals are slated to go to Haiti, 25% have been donated to the West Ohio Food Bank, and 5% have been donated to the Ada ReStore Community Center. This is the second year of partnering with Haiti and the West Ohio Food Bank, and the first year partnering with ReStore.
Both projects were overseen by the office of the Chaplain at Ohio Northern. Chaplain David MacDonald, an elder from the East Ohio Conference, was pleased with the results. “It’s so good to see the students take on a project like this and run with it,” he said. “I’m proud of all of their achievements, and grateful for the opportunity to be in ministry with them here on the campus of ONU.” As a United Methodist-related university, ONU has a history of commitment to community service and civic engagement. Through high-impact practices like the 30-Hour Famine and Pack Away Hunger, students are able to see the needs of the wider world and help make a difference through their actions and commitment.