You Can Help Stop Hunger Now. Here’s How.

Every November without exception, I think about the fact that I don’t do enough. I think about the people in our city, state, country, and world who don’t have enough to eat or don’t even have access to nutritious food or clean water, luxuries that I enjoy on a daily basis and largely take for granted. I think about these things this time of year perhaps more than any other because it’s a time to be thankful, to pay attention to the things you might normally not notice or appreciate, and to look around you for ways to help, give back, and contribute.

Stop Hunger NowOn Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Wiegand Gym in the Cohon Center, my husband and I are joining PACE (Partners Allied in Civic Engagement) and members of the Carnegie Mellon University community to help package 100,000 meals for those who need them most.

Below is information about the Stop Hunger Now organization and its incredible partnership with the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation. Once you learn more and if you are available on November 7 for two hours, register yourself, your friends, and family to help stop hunger, one meal at a time.

STOP HUNGER NOW

Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has provided over 210 million meals in more than 71 countries through boots-on-the-ground partner organizations like orphanages and medical clinics.

Here’s some staggering statistics:

  • Over 800 million people face starvation every day.
  • More than 21,000 of these people perish from malnutrition … daily.
  • Most disturbingly, 15,000 of them are children.

“Hidden hunger,” or micronutrient deficiency, is a major public health problem that can lead to conditions like iron-deficiency anemia, impair physical and mental development, weaken the immune system, and significantly increase the risk of dying before the age of five.

A Stop Hunger Now meal is a dehydrated meal comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and a life-saving micronutrient packet that was developed by and donated through the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign (HMC). The powders in the packet contain 23 essential vitamins and minerals that can be mixed into the meal after it is cooked. The inclusion of the micronutrients in the meal helps to combat hidden hunger.

Stop Hunger Now MealCarnegie Mellon is the first university partner to join the Kraft Heinz Stop Hunger Now Campus Tour. How cool is that? Let’s be the leaders to inspire and empower even more university students to join the movement in fighting hidden hunger.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members (including children ages four and up), and friends are encouraged to register: http://tinyurl.com/CMUStopsHunger. We need over 400 volunteers to package meals on November 7! Residence halls, floors, student organizations, etc. can come as a group and work alongside one another in the gym.

Questions? Contact Director of Student Activities Liz Vaughan.

This blog is written by Director of Marketing for Student Affairs Operations Mandi Semple

Getting to Know Kristine Kengor

Kristine Kengor is currently the Housefellow for the Stever House, a first-year residence hall located on Morewood Avenue. Additionally, as a coordinator for Residential Education, she spearheads community service and civic engagement initiatives across the Carnegie Mellon campus, including in the residence halls. One specific campus initiative that she co-directs is PACE (Partners Allied in Civic Engagement), a collaborative student and staff program aimed at increasing participation in civic engagement activities and creating a pervasive culture of civic engagement across campus.

Kristine completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, where she studied economics and political science. She earned her master’s in higher education administration at Penn State University and is currently working towards her doctorate in social and comparative analysis of education at the University of Pittsburgh.

How did you come to join Carnegie Mellon?

My good friend and colleague Bryan Koval (Housefellow for Morewood Gardens) told me about the position because he thought it would be a great fit for me. I had worked in residence life in the past and was working in service learning at the time. Since this job was a combination of both of those areas, I jumped at the opportunity. Plus, it was a chance for me to come home to Pittsburgh, be closer to my family, and go back to school.

What are you looking forward to most for the Stever community this coming year?

This year in Stever I am most looking forward to making this place feel like a home. I want students to walk into our building and feel like they have the ability to entirely be themselves and to truly exhale when they come home. PACE (Partners Allied in Civic Engagement) is also focusing their educational programming on Environmental Justice this year. I am looking forward to collaboration between PACE and Stever to focus on sustainability and the fact that Stever is a LEED Certified building.

What is an important life lesson you have learned from a student or students?

I continually learn from this line of work and from students that we cannot possibly know what struggle or challenge someone is going through unless we really take the time to slow down and listen to each other.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies/interests? What are you passionate about?

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Kristine with Cooper at Allegheny National Forest

Because I am in school a lot, much of my “free time” is spent on school work! I am interested in social class identity development within higher education, specifically for students at schools like Carnegie Mellon. I am also passionate about being part of my church community, helping retired racing greyhounds find their forever homes through Steel City Greyhounds, trying new restaurants around the city, and sampling craft beers.

All-time favorite book?

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. It’s his autobiography about his relationship with his wife, with C.S. Lewis, and with Christianity.

Tell us at least one thing that’s on your bucket list.

This past summer I purchased a passport to America’s national parks while I was in the Grand Canyon. I would love to fill that by camping at as many national parks as I can!

If you could give first-year students one single piece of advice as they start their journey here at Carnegie Mellon, what would it be?

Don’t over do it! Allow enough time in your schedule so that you can enjoy your experiences while fully engaging in the classes you are taking.

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Kristine with the 2015-16 Steering Committee at Stop Hunger Now

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