Riverside, Calif. – More than 140 California Baptist University students worked through the evening to pack 500 food boxes with items such as cans of corn, soup, tuna and bags of beans, rice and cereal for Children’s Hunger Fund on March 30.
The event was organized by Compassion Ministries in the CBU Office of Spiritual Life. The Children’s Hunger Fund provides balanced food options for hungry children across America and throughout the world. The group distributes the food through churches to help bridge relationships with families in the churches’ communities. Students also had the opportunity to write a personalized note to the family who would receive the food box.
Anna Goff, a psychology senior, said she appreciates the various service options CBU offers.
“[The event] provides opportunities for students to get out there and serve when they don’t know exactly how they are able to help,” Goff said. “This gives students that option and it’s easy for them to come because it’s on campus.”
Kaden Specht, a liberal studies freshman, said the event made her reflect on the blessings she has in her life.
“It makes me feel good that I can [help], but I’m also really thankful about all the things I do have,” Specht said.
Julie Dobbins, director of Compassion and Women’s Ministries, said there are a lot of logistics when it comes to getting the meals into the hands of those who need it.
“We are just one step in that process, but it is great for our students to be able to organize and pack all of the different supplies needed for a balanced meal for a family,” Dobbins said.