CMU raises child hunger awareness

Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 6:12 PM MDT
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According to the Business Honors Society at Colorado Mesa University, about 1 in 4 kids in Mesa County are going hungry.

To raise hunger awareness, the Business Honors Society partnered with the Kids Aid Backpack, a program that feeds more than 2,000 kids each weekend.

The Business Honors Society displayed the average calorie intake of a football player's meal compared with a hungry child's meal represented in spaghetti.

“It's really important that the community is aware of what's going on because when they think of childhood hunger, we’re often associating it with third world countries when in reality, it’s right here in our backyard,” said Cassidy Blake, a CMU sophomore studying business administration.

"Looking at the difference, it's very emotional,” said Shania Belden, who is also a CMU sophomore studying business administration. “It's given us a lot … (of) motivation to make this peanut butter drive as great as we could.”

CMU is collecting peanut butter for hungry children in the valley.

In just two days, they have collected 400 jars.

The jars will be given to the Kids Aid Backpack program to distribute to children.

You can contribute through this week at Dominguez Hall.