Preparing 10,000 meals may sound like a daunting task. Do it in just a few hours, and well, you’ve got yourself something that seems near impossible.
Like ending world hunger.
But that’s just what a group of students from Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester accomplished last Saturday, as they partnered with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization dedicated to ending world hunger by 2030.
Together with Rise Against Hunger, Rustin students, teachers, and their families gathered in the school cafeteria to prepare 10,152 meals for the hungry. The meals will be sent to schools in developing countries, helping to promote education as well.
“We’re excited to partner with Rise Against Hunger,” said Rustin senior Brigid Dolan, who helped organize the event. “They do incredible work in combatting world hunger and empowering communities, and we’re happy to have been able to bring Rise Against Hunger to Rustin.”
That was no easy task.
Dolan and members of Rustin’s Knights in Community Service club (KICS) began preparing for the event back in August.
Their first challenge? Raising $3,000 to pay their portion of the meals that Rise Against Hunger provides for the event: $0.29 a meal. By researching and applying for grants, the students were able to do just that. The West Chester Downtown Foundation awarded KICS a grant for $1,000 and the West Chester Education Foundation followed up with a grant for $2,000.
More than 100 volunteers showed up Saturday, and within just a few hours, they had 10,152 meals packed, boxed, and loaded into a truck.
Their destination? A world without hunger.