Kiwanis Clubs of Southern Colorado to feed hungry at Kiwanis One Day event April 10


Kiwanis Clubs of Southern Colorado to feed hungry at Kiwanis One Day event April 10

PUEBLO – Kiwanis Clubs and high school Key Clubs from throughout Southern Colorado will gather Saturday, April 10 to package 10,000 meals to feed the hungry locally and internationally as part of Kiwanis International’s Kiwanis One Day. 

Members of the Pueblo Kiwanis Club, Steel City Kiwanis Club, La Junta, Trinidad, and Canon City clubs as well as Key Clubs from Pueblo Technical Academy, and South and Pueblo West high schools will participate in a Kids Against Hunger meal packaging event beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Racine’s, 239 South Purcell Ave. in Pueblo West.  The event also will mark the official annual visit of Governor Kelly Steck James of the Kiwanis International Rocky Mountain District. The La Junta Kiwanis Club will serve lunch to all participants to commemorate the occasion.
Hal Deselms, Lieutenant Governor of Division 12 of the Rocky Mountain District, said, “Since the Kiwanis mission is to help children throughout the world, this project for Kiwanis One Day of feeding starving children is of special significance.”
While Kiwanis members work in their communities all year long, for one day in April, the entire Kiwanis family—Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, Aktion Club and Kiwanis clubs—comes together for a day of hands-on community service that is felt around the world. It’s called Kiwanis One Day, and projects include anything from building playgrounds to volunteering at a shelter to stocking shelves at a food pantry.
The Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis International adopted Kids Against Hunger as an official district project in August of  2009. Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children around the world. Of the 42 Satellite Feeding Stations all across North America, South Denver Kiwanis -Kids Against Hunger is the only Colorado-based Satellite Feeding Station for Kids Against Hunger.  The South Denver Club buys food (rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and vitamins) in bulk and repacks the food into six-serving packages. Each bag can be prepared in less than 20 minutes by adding it to boiling water. These highly nutritious meals are designed to reverse the starvation process in children. The best part is the meals only cost $0.25 each.
South Denver Kiwanis - Kids Against Hunger collects donations, purchase the food and gets volunteers to package the food. Twenty percent of all meals packaged is delivered to local food banks. The rest are shipped to feed starving children all over the world. This year we have shipped over 50,000 meals to Haiti, Africa and Viet Nam. Nearly 250,000 meals were shipped and packed in 2009.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Pueblo or Kiwanis One Day activities, contact cora.zaletel@colostate-pueblo.edu or 719-253-2323 or 719-549-2576.

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