Lincoln-Way West Interact Club packs over 27,000 servings of baby food for hungry
Friday, September 30, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, social science teacher and Interact Club sponsor James DeFrank accompanied 28 Lincoln-Way West students to the Feed My Starving Children (FSMC) facility in Aurora, Illinois. The students of Interact Club volunteered to pack baby food while there.

Students who participated were: Destiny Kundinger, Taylor Clarida, Nate Fairbarin, Riley Brandt, Divinie Dozier, Madi Mitchell, Steph Athanasoulis, Ashely Ludvigsen, Kaley Ludvigsen, Haley Davis, Brooke Honan, Chyna Wilson, Kate Honan, Sam Lexow, Sara Swanberg, Catherine Lotz, Ashley Van Kampen, Sean Sparks, Kaitlyn Goetz, Amanda Kessler, Maggie Miller, Emilia Kozielec, Courtney O'Donnell, Sam Reinhart, Dua-a-Fizzah Jaffer, Peyton Washington, Krystal Ruff, and Kasey Mitchell.

FSMC is a non-profit that aims to feed starving children around the world. According to the website, “Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.” The organization ships the packed meals to distribution partners all over the world in an attempt to help eliminate world hunger.

"It was fun and refreshing to help children besides just worrying about myself. Even though the world is a big place, it felt small and caring during our time there," says student Fizzah Jaffer.

While there, the students packed 63 boxes with 27,216 servings of baby food. They also donated nearly $200 to the organization.

"It's nice to show the students that community service is sometimes bigger than the local community and that their actions can make a small difference in the world," says DeFrank.