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.