Kids Against Hunger spot opening in mall

Published 8:25 am Friday, December 16, 2011

Sacred Heart sixth-grader Morgan Beckmann pours a scoop of soy product into the mixture of dried food last year at Sacred Heart Elementary in Adams for the Kids Against Hunger drive. The group will be setting up a hub in Austin at the Oak Park Mall starting this Saturday. -- Herald file photo

Austin may soon be one of many hubs that makes an international effort to feed starving children around the world.

Officials and volunteers for Kids Against Hunger, based out of Mankato and with more than 100 participating cities nationwide, visited the Oak Park Mall Thursday in preparation for an initiative that could become permanent in Austin after this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, Kids Against Hunger may have its own lot, donated by the Oak Park Mall, where any volunteer can donate money and time filling meals that will be shipped around the world to impoverished regions.

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The organization, which started 30 years ago, has been feeding millions of kids worldwide. However, Director Tim Stromer said the organization can do more.

“We are not satisfied with that because that is not enough,” he said.

Stromer mentioned how one person can donate a few dollars, a few hours work and easily feed one starving child for an entire year. From Austin alone, there is the potential to help millions of people each year, he added. Stromer and a team of volunteers with Kids Against Hunger will be available on Saturday to help any potential volunteers who want to serve the organization.

Monetary donations can also be made at the Oak Park Mall office on Saturday during the mall’s free gift wrapping from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.