Tuesday, May 22, 2012

“Bag Haiti’s Hunger” Event Illustrates Janesville’s Compassion

On Saturday, May 19th, students and teachers at Craig High School as well as local volunteers packaged 203,256 meals for the group Kids against Hunger.  The event, called "Bag Haiti's Hunger" packaged meals to be sent to Haiti to help starving families.   

Approximately 380 students and community members took part in this event, the largest in Craig's history! The meals were packaged in assembly lines, after which they were boxed, palletized and loaded onto a container to be delivered.

Craig High School's event was led by Teacher and Amnesty International Club Advisor Albert (Fritz) Elsen and John Wong of the Rock County Rotary.

Members of Kids against Hunger chose to help the country of Haiti for several reasons:

  • One third of the population of Haiti (about 3 million people) is lacking sufficient quantities of nutritious food.
  • 75% of Haiti's population lives on less than $2 a day; 50% on less than $1 a day.
  • It's a country with a 70% unemployment rate.
  • Donors pledged $4.6 billion in funds to help Haiti recover from their earthquake in January, 2010…but only half of the pledges were actually paid.
Congratulations Craig High School, The Janesville School District and the City of Janesville for this incredible accomplishment!

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