Washburn Freshman Help The Hungry

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Washburn students put hair nets on to help those in need.

Organizers say nearly 600 Washburn University freshman worked in assembly lines adding rice, pinto beans,dried vegetables and seasoning into bags and sealing into a box to package food for those in need. Their goal is to package 50,000 meals by 4p.m. Saturday.

Each student will spend 2 hours working with the meal packing project. Community members who work with a variety of organizations that address food insecurity in Topeka spoke to students about hunger where they live.

Each bag of meal mix needs only hot water to prepare and provides six servings of a 220 calorie meal with 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Students are in WU 101, the Washburn Experience, is a course designed to help new students transition to college. The food packages are donated to Harvesters and SilverbacKS and more.