147,000 Meals Shipped to the Hungry


National Volunteer Month has started and the University of Illinois is not letting it pass by without helping people in need. More than 1,400 people gathered at Memorial Stadium, Saturday afternoon, for the annual Campus and Community Day of Service. People of all ages packed meals for the less fortunate. Coordinator, Greg Damhorst, says they packed 1,000 meals for every year the university has been in existence.

"A hundred and forty seven thousand servings are going to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank," said Damhorst. "That will be distributed all over a number of counties in our area. Because we're not a place where there's famine or where there's malnourishment, people don't realize that there is something called food insecurity that exists."

The group, Illini Fighting Hunger, led this year's Day of Service. They plan on doing another event like this before the school year is out.

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