Students Fight Hunger with Ohio First Lady

This fall, Chaminade Julienne students were invited to join Ohio First Lady Mrs. Karen W. Kasich at The Foodbank where they worked side-by-side to fight childhood hunger.

The afternoon service project helped raise awareness for the FeedOhio campaign, an initiative aimed at bolstering support for the state’s 12 regional food banks. The campaign, which began Aug. 24 and ended Sept. 11, was responsible for donations totaling more than 6,000 pounds, or enough to feed 4,813 individuals at pantries in the Miami Valley.

On Sept. 10, a group of five CJ upperclassmen pitched in by packing weekend Good-to-Go Backpacks for students that receive free or reduced lunches at local schools supported by The Foodbank. The program is something that CJ students are involved with every Wednesday as part of optional, after school service site visits organized by the office of ministry and service.

"Meeting Mrs. Kasich was an honor,” volunteer Lyle Plummer '14 told DaytonLocal.com. “To see the impact she is making, helping to fill the stomachs of children so they don’t have to come to school hungry, was incredible.

“Hunger is an issue no one should face, especially kids,” he added. Seniors Ciara Crane, Miranda Fryman and Tom Weckesser along with junior Emily Meyer spent about two hours working with the First Lady and fellow volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"We all need to help one another, and give back to our community,” Emily said.

More than one in four Ohio children struggle with food insecurity according to the FeedOhio campaign's Web site, www.ohiofoodbanks.org/feedohio.

Photo courtesy of The Foodbank.