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K-State Today

October 6, 2014



Staley School of Leadership Studies taking on hunger in the Manhattan area

By Ryan Haxton

In recognition of October as Hunger Awareness month, various programs and classes at the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies are taking action to fight the issue of hunger in the Manhattan area through several projects during the month.

For more than 10 years, the LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts class has participated in the Cats 4 Cans project. Through this project, students have the opportunity to learn about the issue of hunger and then act upon the issue by going into the Manhattan community and collecting nonperishable foods for the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

With more than 900 students enrolled in the LEAD 212 course this semester, the goal is to top the 15,978 pounds of food and $1,635 donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket in the fall 2013 semester. Along with the food drive, students will have the opportunity to tour the Flint Hills Breadbasket and get an inside look at the issue of hunger in the community. In coordination with the Cats 4 Cans project, LEAD 420 Theories of Nonprofit Leadership will give tours to the LEAD 212 students and offer them additional information and insight on the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the issue of hunger.

HandsOn Kansas State will host a mobile food distribution in conjunction with the Harvesters organization of Topeka on Friday, Oct. 10, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The mobile food distribution is open to anyone in the Manhattan community, offering fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost. The distribution will take place on the east side of the stadium from 4-7 p.m. More than 250 hungry families/individuals attended in 2013 to receive nutritious, fresh produce.

For more information or questions about the mobile food distribution, contact HandsOn Kansas State at 785-532-3670 or handson@k-state.edu.

A new project, the Facing Project,  was created by the LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice class. Through the Facing Project, the stories of those in Manhattan who have faced hunger will be shared at a community event and book release at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Manhattan Arts Center. All community members are invited to hear the stories and participate in a community dialogue. For more information, contact Lori Kniffin at lkniffin@k-state.edu or 785-532-6085, or visit facingproject.com.