One-Day Fast to Raise Awareness on Food Shortage in Kenya

Release Date:
April 28, 2012
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. – A group of Hilbert College students involved in an upcoming international service learning trip to Kenya will participate in a 24-hour fast on May 1 to help raise awareness about food scarcity issues in the African country.

The one-day effort by Hilbert’s Kenya Krew will also raise funds for the three-week excursion through pledges made in support of the fast. While in Kenya, the students will take part in various hands-on community projects, including putting in a concrete floor at a rural village school and assisting at a home for girls who have lost their parents to AIDS.  
Participating students are Amber Baily of New Berlin, Alexis Clune of Tonawanda, Melinda Manzella of Lake View, Katie Newton of Batavia, Jamie Omerhodzic of Hamburg, Marjorie Sanders of Blasdell, Samantha Sieg of Buffalo, and Kayla Silver of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.