New hunger group starts up in Austin

Andrew Frederick of Cub Scout pack 113 pours ingredients into a pouch as scouts took part in Real Hope for the Hungry Saturday at the VFW. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Andrew Frederick of Cub Scout pack 113 pours ingredients into a pouch as scouts took part in Real Hope for the Hungry Saturday at the VFW. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin lost its Kids Against Hunger Location when Oak Park Mall closed late last year, but a group of volunteers are working to keep the meals coming.

Real Hope for the Hungry, a local hunger-fighting group similar to Kids Against Hunger, debuted in Austin recently and held a meal packing event Saturday with a group of Cub Scouts at the Austin Veterans of Foreign War Club, 300 Fourth Ave. NE, which will host the group’s events.

“We are a new, local, community-gassed organization,” said Carol Brown, one of the group’s leaders.

Cub Scouts packed food Saturday morning for Real Hope for the Hungry at the Austin VFW. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Cub Scouts packed food Saturday morning for Real Hope for the Hungry at the Austin VFW. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Brown said they weren’t sure what to do after Kids Against Hunger closed with the mall, but groups and volunteers soon started calling and looking for a place to pack meals.

Brown said packing the meals is fun, easy and it “has a real impact and the hungry and the starving.”

Similar to Kids Against Hunger, volunteers, service groups, students and church groups raise money to buy food, which they then mix and package to send off to needy people.

“We want to be able to pull in all the little communities that are around us,” Brown said.

Many of the meals will stay local and could be used at local food shelves. The Salvation Army has taken meals in the past from Kids Against Hunger, as have some of the backpack ministries. This new group would like to give food to local communities too.

“We’d like as much to stay local as is needed,” she said.

Real Help for the Hungry will work with a Twin Cities hunger group, which will then send it on to places like Haiti and Afghanistan.

Many people involved with this group volunteered with Austin’s Kids Against Hunger chapter, which had been located at Oak Park Mall.

The group is planning a community pack on April 18, when people can sign up for sessions at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

 

Adams

Partnerships celebrated during community event for Mower, Fillmore solar installations

Mower County

Mayo Ambulance training program hopes to increase EMT numbers

Business

Workforce Development one of nine organizations to receive funding to train underrepresented workers for clean energy careers

News

Minneapolis police officer killed while responding to a shooting call is remembered as a hero

Mower County

Documentary follows AHS class across 50 years

Mower County

2024 Friendship Wagon Train coming to the area

Agriculture

New funding available for continuous living cover grants

Mower County

MDH inviting well users to seminar on nitrates

Mower County

In Your Community: May Sweeps winner claims her prize

Mower County

In Your Community: Final Bing-Oh prize claimed

Education

Austin junior achieves top ACT score of 36

Education

Education Briefs

News

President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is convicted of all 3 felonies in federal gun trial

News

Biden, gun control advocates want to flip an issue long dominated by the NRA

News

Minnesota poll: Felony conviction should disqualify presidential candidates, most say

Mower County

APS board approves sanctioning boys volleyball

Education

Austin Seniors receive Horatio Alger Scholarships

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Man sentenced to over eight years for criminal sexual conduct with a child

Grand Meadow

2 injured in Saturday afternoon crash

Mower County

Courtney’s bench: Family and friends honor loved one lost in hope to raise awareness for mental illness

Mower County

Summerset Theatre opens Season 56 with the musical ‘Annie’

Adams

Adams Dairy Days celebrating 50th

Mower County

Gabby Weiss passes away, legacy will continue on the baseball diamond

Mower County

New sculpture is giving visitors another destination stop in Austin