Last year, Colby-native Samantha Tolle went with a small team to Johnson County Community College interested in learning how they could impact the constant struggle against ending hunger.
Now, Colby Community College is joining 21 colleges and universities across the state to participate in the annual Kansas Hunger Dialogue in 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.
“Last year was the organizing and planning,” Tolle said. “We obtained information and found the need. Now we know what we are getting into.”
The Kansas Hunger Dialogue was recently taken over by Kansas Campus Compact, a small part of the international group Universities Fighting World Hunger. Their mission is to be a catalyst in creating an academic hunger model at universities across the world emphasizing the fight against hunger.
Tolle and her team, while not officially recognized as a part of the Kansas Campus Compact, found that there are struggles in their own communities that should be addressed first.
“We agreed that before we go out and do fundraisers for those in need in foreign countries, that we should first make sure the needs of our own community are met,” Tolle said. “Through months of meets, reorganizing, and brainstorming, we are now at a solid position to confidently say we are here and have the resources to assist.”
The donations started pouring in last year, and all of the materials the CCC crew uses or distributes have been donated. CCC proudly stocks a campus food pantry full of food, personal hygiene materials, utensils and other necessities they have received from members in the community. The products are available for citizens who cannot receive assistance from other resources in their local communities.
“We know there are students who come unprepared and employees with families who are struggling,” Tolle said. “I believe we have all been at a point of struggle. Struggle, no matter how minor or major, is part of life.”
If you would like to help, donations can be dropped off in the Faculty Development Room, Thomas Hall, CCC campus or at the front desk of the Administration Offices. For more information please contact either Tolle at 785-460-5516) or Kathy Britton (785-460-5550) for more information.
—This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Special thanks to Debbie Schwanke.