Career & Technical Education (CTE) students volunteered to pack over 10,000 meals for the international relief organization Rise Against Hunger.
The opportunity was organized by two students in the New Visions Life Sciences program, housed at Cornell University. Holly Kalousdian and Ryleigh Scales came up with the idea to organize a food packing activity and, after researching options, reached out to Rise Against Hunger. They worked together to make the event possible.
In order to cover the cost of supplies, $3,700 needed to be raised. Students from the Life Sciences class solicited local businesses for sponsorships. Business sponsors included Dryden Mutual Insurance, the Cayuga Medical Center and Trimmers Ice Cream. Further support came in the form of sponsorships from families and other individuals in the area. A large amount of the money raised came from “Pennies for Pastries,” a charitable club ran by Kalousdian and Scales in their home district of Dryden.
The meal packing event took place March 29, 2019 on TST BOCES’ campus. More than 80 students from New Visions Life Sciences, New Visions Health and Medical Sciences, CTE Animal Science, Criminal Justice and Exercise Science participated.
Rise Against Hunger is an organization that facilitates the distribution of nutritious meals to partners in countries around the world. By focusing on sustainability and grassroots community empowerment, their mission is to end hunger worldwide by 2030.