Students in the Weatherford College Upward Bound program partnered with Kids Against Hunger Parker County this past Saturday for a meal packing event at Grace First Presbyterian Church where more than 11,000 meals were packaged to feed starving children.
More than 35 Upward Bound students assembled, sealed and packaged approximately 50 cases of meals during the event.
“There are so many hungry people in the world, and the nice thing with this is you can do something positive and get students involved as well,” said Rev. David Slyter, GFPC Associate Pastor.
The bagged meals include a formula of dried vegetables, soy protein, rice and flavoring along with 21 vitamins and minerals. Each package feeds six people. Meals from this packing event will be shipped to an orphanage in Mexico.
“Now, more than other times in our recent past, in any time in history, a part of what sustains the human race is kindness,” said Brandon Wallace, a senior from Mineral Wells who participates in WC’s Upward Bound program.
Students said they learned teamwork, improved their communication skills and became more aware of the hunger issues in today’s world by participating in this event.
“It’s fun to work with other students and be productive in a way that helps people less fortunate than myself,” said Millsap High School senior Miguel Aguilar. “It’s something I can continue doing as I go to college next year.”
While this was the first year for Upward Bound to partner with Kids Against Hunger, community service projects are not new for these students.
“The message is ‘It’s better to give than to receive,’” said Jeff Kahlden, WC Director of Upward Bound. “Many of our students have received assistance from various sources, and we feel that they can give back to help perpetuate a culture of giving back.”
Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that focuses on intensive academic intervention with 55 area high school students who are both economically disadvantaged and who will be first-generation college students. The program assists with tutoring, college admissions, standardized test prep and a summer college component with the goal being post-secondary education enrollment.