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More Than 100 Eastern Illinois University Athletes Packed 6,000 Meals for Haitian Families

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 7:08 am CDT

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CHARLESTON, Ill.
"It is important lesson for our athletes that everyone is not as fortunate as them, and that they need to give back"

More than 100 Eastern Illinois University student athletes spent their Saturday morning packing 6,000 meals in less than an hour for Haitian families in need at Lantz Area.

The Global Hunger Expedition will transport the meals directly to schools and orphanages in Haiti.

Mark Daily, a Global Hunger Expedition volunteer, collected money from local businesses and supporters to pay for the food and to help transport it to Haiti. In addition, some of the donated money will also go to a local food ministry --Standing Stone Community Center in Charleston -- because Daily said they wanted to support a local organization.

Athletic Director Barbara Burke said most of the athletes gave up their Saturday or came between practices to pack the meals.

“It is important lesson for our athletes that everyone is not as fortunate as them, and that they need to give back,” Burke said.

One of the packers, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed with Burke after spending his one Saturday off in the fall EIU Panther football season by helping others.

“It sounded like a great idea to help those people who are less fortunate,” Garoppolo said.

For more information about the Global Hunger Exhibition go to the http://globalhungerexpedition.com/

Eastern Illinois University, located in Charleston, IL, is home to nearly ten thousand students earning degrees in 46 majors. The university hosts 21 NCAA Division 1 sports.

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More than a hundred student athletes from a variety of Eastern Illinois University teams joined in helping pack six thousand meals for refugees in Haiti in under an hour. Here the athletes get instructions from Doug Sager, a local accountant and volunteer with the Global Hunger Expedition which will personally deliver the food to schools and orphanages in Haiti later this month.
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More than a hundred Eastern Illinois University student athletes joined forces to pack six thousand meals for refugees in Haiti on Saturday. Here, athletes pack and seal bags with a mixture of soy and beans which will be personally delivered by members of the Global Hunger Expedition to schools and orphanages in Haiti.
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More than a hundred Eastern Illinois University student athletes joined forces to pack six thousand meals for refugees in Haiti on Saturday. Here, athletes pack and seal bags with a mixture of soy and beans which will be personally delivered by members of the Global Hunger Expedition to schools and orphanages in Haiti.
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Each bag packed by the Eastern Illinois University student athletes contains 390 grams of soy and beans. That mixture will be supplemented by rice purchased in Haiti by the Global Hunger Expedition and will be delivered to schools and orphanages in Haiti later this month.
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Eastern Illinois University quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ways a mixture of soy and beans - one of more than six thousand meals packed by EIU student athletes who were helping the Global Hunger Expedition prepare food for delivery to schools and orphanages in Haiti.

Contact:

Phone: 217-581-7650
Fax: 217-581-8444
Vicki Woodard
vwoodard@eiu.edu
Janice Hunt
jlhunt2@eiu.edu

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