Students and residents of Double Springs are working together to raise $7,500 to help feed those who are less fortunate. Double Springs Elementary third-grade teacher Angie McCullar spearheaded the hunger project after recently attending an event in Tennessee.
“Our hunger project will get 30,000 meals. Ten thousand will stay in Double Springs, and 20,000 will go to the country with the greatest need,” McCullar said. “... My class is actually organizing it, but we have different teams set up. Each classroom in the school has a team and when they raise money, that money goes towards their team. Then there are incentives to whoever raises the most money, or everyone that raises $100 as well.”
The project is sponsored through the program Feeding Children Everywhere, a social charity that motivates and sets people into motion to make healthy meals for hungry children. According to the program’s online brochure, “Fourteen million kids are hungry right here at home [in the United States], and 1.02 billion people are hungry globally.”
Feeding Children Everywhere was started in 2010 by a couple named Don and Kristen Campbell who wanted to do more after volunteering to help send meals to people in Haiti after the massive earthquake that hit. The two gathered their life savings and established the program that today has delivered 20 million meals around the world and more than 10 million meals to kids in 25 states throughout the country.
McCullar said the global program is important for many reasons but mainly, “because not only are there hungry children in other countries but we face locally the problem of children who go home without food and do not have any food until they come back to school, a lot more than people would realize.”
The class that raises the most money will win an ice cream sundae party. The teachers of the classrooms that raise $100 will receive a t-shirt. Not only is the entire school involved, but the city of Double Springs is putting forth an effort as well with several churches that have teams. The church group that raises the most money will receive a plaque.
Other events in the area that will help the project with raking in money include a bake sale, glow walk, dance-a-thon, fried apple pie sale, a chicken and dumplings sale and hotdogs, chips and drinks sale. McCullar said one church will be hosting a spaghetti supper where 100 percent of its proceeds will go toward the Double Springs Hunger Project, and students who sell at least 10 tickets for the supper will get a t-shirt.
Even though the students are able to win a prize and t-shirt, they will have the opportunity to experience the importance of what it feels like to give and help others without gaining a physical reward.
“Some kids don’t get a lot of food, and I just think it would be better if they get food because it will have lots of protein,” said 9-year-old Juliana Tidwell. “I don’t want kids to suffer.”
Tidwell’s classmate Dalton Curtis, also nine years old, added, “Some kids don’t have enough food, so if we do this, it will raise enough food for all the children to not suffer from hunger.”
McCullar said any help they can get would be greatly appreciated. You may visit the website www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/portfolio-items/doublesprings-hungerproject/ to donate, or you may send it to Double Springs Elementary, attention Angie McCullar, at P.O. Box 550 Double Springs, AL 35553. Only monetary donations please. The packaging event will be held at the Double Springs First Baptist Church (197 Main Street Double Springs) on Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
“We have to raise the $7,500 for our event to happen,” McCullar said. “Then after that if anyone would like to volunteer at the packaging event, they can go to the website and register.”