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Food for Thought is a new student group that has made it their priority to make sure the children of Canton have enough food for the weekends
CANTON, Mo.— Students in Dr. Melissa Holt’s “Social Psychology” class have raised $910 worth of donations in food, money and gift cards to donate to the student group Food for Thought. This service learning project was completed as a way for C-SC students to learn and implement different persuasion techniques. All of the food and money raised by the class was donated from the campus and the Canton community.
Food for Thought is a new student group that has made it their priority to make sure the children of Canton have enough food for the weekends when they aren't able to eat at school by providing Go Bags. Each Go Bag is equipped with nutritious food that is easy for the child to prepare. The group raises money and food items to provide Go Bags to approximately 72 children for a weekend.
Thanks to the efforts of Food for Thought, every weekend, each of the 72 children enrolled in the program gets sent home with 3 packages of Ramen Noodles, I can of Chicken Noodle Soup, 2 containers of EZ Mac, 2 apple sauce cups, 2 fruit cups, 2 Cereal Bars, 2 Slim Jims and 3 packages of instant oatmeal.
The Go Bag program is not new in Canton, but the program has seen major changes in the last year. In addition to changing the program’s name from Buddy Packs to Go Bags, the administration of the program has also changed. Prior to this year, the program was run out of a food bank; now the program operates independently, through the help of the community and Food for Thought.
“The changes we made in the last year allow us to distribute a lot more food every week,” said Robin Jarvis, administrator of the program. “By taking local control of the administration of the program and utilizing network of volunteers, we were able to eliminate the administrative fees. Now, one hundred percent of the money that is donated goes to buying food for the Go Bags.”
According to Jarvis, C-SC’s Food for Thought is absolutely critical to the success of the program. Every week, Food for Thought compiles the shopping lists, compares prices to get the best deals, picks up the food, packages it into individual Go Bags and delivers it pre-sorted to the classroom. Food for Thought meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall to sort each Go Bag. The group currently has 13 fulltime members.
Obtaining adequate funding is the biggest hurdle Food for Thought and the Go Bag program faces. The cost to provide Go Bags to a child for one year is $180, and the goal of the Go Pack program is to provide food for 100 children, which equals a total cost of $18000 per year. The fundraising efforts of Holt’s “Social Psychology” class covered the costs of Go Bags for five children for an entire year.
Those interested in helping the program are encouraged to send donations to Robin Jarvis at 307 N. 6th St., in Canton. Community members are also welcome to help package food at 7 p.m., Tuesday nights in Johnson Hall. For more information, please contact Robin Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org.