The reason I chose to create an initiative to fight hunger was because it was a way for me to tackle a global issue on a local scale.
Phase one of my initiative was to have a dance on campus (Adelphi University). Admission to the dance was granted by a donation of canned or boxed food. For those who did not have nonperishable food on hand, money donations were also accepted--and greatly appreciated. At the end of this event, an entire bin was filled with donated food and we also raised $87.22 in monetary donations. All the collected items are being donated to Long Island Cares, the largest food pantry on Long Island. This way, the work and donations from my initiative were able to directly affect the needy in our own area.
The next step is to do something on a global scale. During the holidays, I plan to sell homemade holiday cards. Depending on the amount raised, I will use the funds to buy an animal from Heifer International and choose a small town that will benefit from this--hopefully a goat because goats are very useful.
The last phase of my initiative will be to lead a hands-on trip for those who wish to volunteer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to go fishing for blue fish in Port Jeff harbor. The captain would then fillet the fish and the catch will be taken to a local soup kitchen where we will prepare and serve the fish ourselves.
Thanks for everyone's support so far!
Written by Danielle Saunders
Edited by Yoko Liriano
Dancing Hunger Away Reflection
On Monday October 13th, the most spectacular dance event of the season occurred! Adelphi Levermore Global Scholar Danielle Saunders hosted “Adelphi Dances Hunger Away!” With catchy slogans such as “We will party so Long Islanders can eat hearty,” Saunders and other LGS students busted moves while raising money for the local non-profit hunger relief organization, Long Island Cares. A table was set up outside the entrance to the dance and next to the cafeteria as well, as event staff accosted people going to buy their dinners. Using this rather forceful recruitment method, $87.22 was raised, as well as a three foot tall bin full of food! ASTOUNDING!
The event itself, besides being a hotbed of social activism to feed the hungry, also featured such games as “Collection Protection,” an update on the classic game of twister where participants had to put left hands on soup cans and right feet on pizzas. This contortion of a social distortion tied many students into knots, but those were worked out as soon as they started to jam again to the hot tunes spun by DJ Rich from Untouchable Entertainment. DJ Rich did LGS the favor of playing for free, knowing that the benefits were intended for a great cause. His music was very much appreciated.
Written by Haroula Tsolakidis