Newman University to host Numana event on campus

Newman University is partnering with Numana, Inc. in an event to help save the starving. Newman will host a State-Wide Packaging Event (SWIPE) from 7:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 29. Volunteers will watch an informational video in Performance Hall in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center and then will move to the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center to package the food.

Volunteers will package up to 30,000 meal packs that will each provide food for a family of six. Each package costs only thirty cents to package and ship. Numana has impacted the United States as well as Kenya, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Vietnam, El Salvador, Malawi, Honduras, Columbia, South Africa, Rwanda, Philippines, and Liberia.

This is not Newman's first time to host a Numana event, however it is the first time an educational component will be implemented. Students from area high schools will be brought together during the first shift to learn about the magnitude of world hunger and help package food. Newman University students, faculty, staff and other affiliates will work the following two shifts. This is a closed event so outside registration is not needed. However, any volunteers are very welcome.

"This is the first time we are implementing an ecumenical event into the program, which is something we've always really wanted to do," Associate Vice President of Academic Services and Student Development Rosemary Niedens said.

A SWIPE event is a fun, hands-on way to make an impact on thousands of lives in a short amount of time. According to Numana officials, volunteers gather around tables and package rice, soy, freeze-dried beans and a vitamin blend into packages. In just an hour, ten people can package more than 1,500 meals. Newman is inviting people to spend an hour, have fun with friends, and impact world hunger.

For more information about Numana, Inc. or to volunteer for the food packaging event, visit or call 316-942-4291, ext. 2137, or e-mail

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  • Ashley Roedel April 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

    What a great Saturday!

    The Newman SWIPE event was scheduled long before I came to Numana, and I was lucky enough to help! Rosemary had been planning her second Numana event for quite some time, and was just waiting for the right date. I can imagine it’s pretty difficult to coordinate an event on campus that doesn’t interfere with something else going on that day, all while teaching courses.

    Newman University’s event welcomed people from all different back grounds, and truly showed what working together can accomplish. They packaged over 30,000 meals in just three hours. We divided groups into three one-hour shifts. First groups came in to a lecture hall where Numana staff did a 20 minute presentation on world hunger, working together, our partners, and Numana events. Then the group was ushered to the next building to begin packaging the meals they had just learned about.

    Our first group included mostly high school students. We had students from Bishop Carroll, Trinity, Kapun, Mormon and Muslim students, all packaging together for Colombia. The following two shifts consisted of Newman students, their families, and faculty. This was a great group to work with and the morning flew by… We had lots of singing, Disney trivia, selfies, and smiles. A big thanks to everyone who came out to help, and a special thank you to Rosemary, Elaine, and all of the green shirt volunteers. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

    Meals from this event will benefit Yo Soy Nosotros (I Am Us). They provide food and medical services to thousands of children and mothers throughout the Barranquilla area in Colombia. Through funding from generous donors and a working relationship with the government, Yo Soy Nosotros is able to provide on-going support to schools and communities, they feed approximately 13,000 children per day!