CANstruct for a Cause assists in raising awareness for food access issues

Bowling Green, KY—“Food access isn’t a privilege. It’s a human right,” said Brittany Ryan, Community Outreach Coordinator for Local Food for Everyone (a USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant). Taking the time to donate food could provide meals for many families in the community. On April 23, 2013 from 3:00-6:00pm, students and community members will have the opportunity to donate food by participating in CANstruct for a Cause, a fun and educational event to collect canned goods for local food banks.

“Food access is a huge issue that needs increased awareness in Bowling Green and Warren County because everything is spaced out, especially in rural areas where it is hard for residents to access food,” said Ryan, who has been active in the community promoting local food  needs.

According to statistics, 33.7% of Warren County residents fell below the poverty level in 2009 and state-wide 23.6% of residents fell below this line. “With poverty being so high in Warren County alone, one out of four children suffers from hunger,” said Rhondell Miller, HOTEL INC director.

Participants can help increase food access awareness by signing up to participate in CANstruct for a Cause. After collecting the food, participants will build structures representative of their group.  Structures will be on display until judged at 5:00pm. Then, participants will be recognized with awards. During the event, there will be fun activities for campus and community members to learn more about food issues in the area and participate in reflection components.  Food will be donated to the American Red Cross, HOTEL INC, and WKU Food Abides.

Sarah Arnold, WKU food pantry coordinator, said, “CANstruct for a Cause will be a fun event not only because it will challenge participants but it will also increase awareness of food needs.”

CANstruct for the Cause will be open to the general public. Campus and community groups interested in participating should contact the WKU ALIVE Center by emailing alivebg@wku.edu. For additional information, please visit http://www.wku.edu/alive or call 270-782-0082. CANstruct for a Cause is part of National Volunteer Week activities coordinated by the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and WKU Leadership & Volunteerism.

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