The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science Student Group, Block and Bridle, in conjunction with Meals From The Heartland organized the 2016 Hunger Fight that took place in the Department of Animal Science's Kildee Farm Bureau Pavilion yesterday. Students majoring in Vet medicine, Agronomy, Animal Science, Agriculture education and other majors packaged over 83,000 meals for the needy. According to the Meals from the Heartland website, 1 in 8 Iowans struggle with hunger, 1 in 5 Iowa children don't have enough to eat and nearly 400,000 Iowans live at or below poverty level. But the majority of the world's hungry live in developing countries where an estimated 780 million people are undernourished.
The food package feeds a family of six and contains rice, soy protein, vitamins, minerals and dried vegetables. The food goes to families but also to orphanages and schools. Packaged meals are sent to Iowa, New Mexico, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ghana, Uganda, Burundi, South Africa, Camboida and the Phillipines. Block and Bridle President, Logan LaFrenz says "The Block and Bridle Hunger Fight is an extremely important event because it allows us to be a part of a greater system. As student in agriculture, we look to make our careers in an industry who is responsible for feeding the world. While physically packing these meals, I believe our eyes are opened up to the need to provide food for families who don't know where their next meal is coming form. This process helps to build a connection between our careers and the greater cause that they serve. "
Elanco, Derrer Farms, Christensen Farms, Seaboard Foods, Phil Dornbier Trucking, and Kruger seeds are just some of the groups that sponsored this event. LaFrenz says "We couldn't do it without our volunteers and sponsors. They make this event possible."