The annual MVNU campus Food for the Hungry campaign is now complete, but your efforts will have a lasting impact for families throughout our local community. The month of November on the MVNU campus has truly become a month of thanksgiving as we focus our attention outward and watch God work in extraordinary ways to provide for our neighbors in Knox County. FEED 920 focused our attention on the very people we are trying to help and, again, your generosity has been overwhelming.
The campus community collected enough monetary donations and food items to serve 1015 families. That translates to $5,000 and 30 truckloads of food that MVNU will donate to Food for the Hungry!
If you see one of the following people who serve on the campus Food for the Hungry Committee, take a moment to thank them for their work over the past several months: Mitch Adams (SGA), Travis Keller, Matt McPherson (SGA), Hannah Miller, Jeanette Miller, Katelyn Motter, Joe Noonen, Lauren Percival (SGA), Kevin Peterson, Danyell Rager, Joe Rinehart, Lori Schlingerman, Jeff Scott, and Laura Short. Their work begins well in advance of November 1 and we are grateful for their contributions to this effort.
Although our campus campaign has ended, if you would still like to contribute to Food for the Hungry, you may do so Saturday, December 8, at the FFH annual food drive at Mount Vernon City Hall.
Thank you for great work that will enrich the lives of those in need over the next year.
Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D.
As of this morning, the MVNU community has raised enough money and food to feed 931 Knox County Families! Thanks to everyone who has helped us reach this outrageous goal.
But we’re not done yet! We still have a couple more days left to do more. Last year, our total was 1,010 families. Can we do it again?
188 runners participated in the second annual Mount Vernon Running Buddies Turkey Trot 5K!!! A total of $539 and 530 food items were raised through this event. Way to go!
There are real people, with real stories, struggling with hunger right here in Knox County. MVNU, through Feed920, is committed to meeting these needs. Won’t you join us by donating today?
On Monday, November 19, Pioneer Catering Services is partnering with MVNU to help us understand the difficult choices involving food that our neighbors make daily. You have the opportunity to SIGN-UP and experience the reality of soup kitchen dining. As you enter the cafeteria, STAY LEFT and go through what is normally the SUB line for soup kitchen dining, or the regular lines on the right for everything else.
The Soup Kitchen MENU will be soup, bread, cookies, coffee and water. Soup Kitchen customers will be dining on the north side of the cafeteria. This area will be clearly marked.
Please note that unlike soup kitchens across our country, there will be an option of two different kinds of soup, one being gluten-free, vegetarian soup. Also note that most soup kitchens do not offer cookies for dessert.
You may wonder why we are doing this? It is in the hope that this event will help us identify with those who have little to no choice concerning food. They are dependent on the compassion of others for something as simple as a bowl of soup.
So, let us take this opportunity to better understand what it is like for someone else to make food choices for us. The cost to you is the regular cost of lunch in the dining commons. Pioneer Catering Services will be making a contribution toward our FEED 920 campaign for each person who signs up.
IT’S EASY: 3 EASY STEPS
2. STAY LEFT
3. EAT SOUP KITCHEN MENU ONLY
Thank you for considering this opportunity to think about others and how we as a community can work together to reach our Food for the Hungry goal of feeding 920 families.
As we begin our month-long journey to Feed 920 Knox County families, we thought it would be appropriate to get a sense what “being hungry” is really like. This video paints a compelling picture of the real people behind the statistics, and dispels the myths and our own assumptions about who actual suffers from this epidemic. Take a look: