FBLA participates in hunger campaign

Published 9:34 am Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Randolph-Henry High School (R-HHS) Future Business Leaders of America recently participated in the Rise Against Campaign.

The members participated in the campaign as a community service activity, according to information from the Charlotte County Public Schools Division.

R-HHS FBLA Member Shakia Scott said she packaged meals for kids and adults that were in need with the Rise Against Hunger Campaign.

“We wore red hairnet(s) to represent the struggles the kids and adults have to go through with their hair turning red due to not enough nutrition in the body …” Scott said.

According to the Rise Against Hunger website, the goal of the international hunger relief organization is to end hunger by 2030.

According to information from the school, donations were recently collected at R-HHS during lunch period.

A total of $112 was collected.

The money, along with previously collected funds allowed the students to visit the Rise Against Hunger warehouse in Lynchburg to pack 1,200 meals.

R-HHS FBLA member Marquise Armstrong said “the organization distributes food and life-changing aid to vulnerable areas of the world. Packing food for Haiti was a good experience because you get to see how many meals you have packed and getting the opportunity to help another country that’s in need of food.”

R-HHS FBLA member Aaliyah Wilson said she enjoyed going to participate in the campaign. The students also visited Jumpology during the trip, said Wilson.

Wilson said she wanted to go on the trip because it sounded fun and was for a good cause.

“Also, because all my friends were doing it and I thought we would be able (to) have a good time working and having fun together. We all learned that by us wearing red hairnets we were representing what the people that we were packaging meals for go through with their hair turning red because they do not have nutrition in their body …” said Wilson.

She said she hopes to return soon.

According to Rise Against Hunger, the four pathways to end hunger include empowering communities, nourishing lives, growing the movement and emergency relief.

The organization said “815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life.”

However, the organization serves 36 countries and in 2017, 72.1 million meals were packaged worldwide.

Additionally, almost 400,000 volunteers participated in the campaign.

For more information about Rise Against Hunger, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.