Association of Women in Agriculture packages thousands of meals to fight hunger

On Feb. 18, the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) teamed up with Alpha Gamma Rho-Iota (AGR) and alumni with a goal of packaging 40,000 meals for the second annual Rally to Fight Hunger.

The 116 participants exceeded this goal, and packaged 40,392 meals in two-hours. AWA partnered with Kids Against Hunger in Rock County, who provided the supplies for the highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice packaged meal. Each packaged meal will feed one child for an entire day and will be sent to Nicaragua in the fall of 2017.

AWA members also had the opportunity to be sponsored by family and friends to help fund the event. Members raised over $4,000 in donations. Additionally, the profits made from the 2017 AWA Breakfast on the Farm will be put towards the Rally to Fight Hunger in 2018.

The Rally to Fight Hunger is a service event that McKenzie Rowley, AWA Student Service Coordinator, began in 2016. AWA hopes to continue this event for years to come.

Sue Schultz, the Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation (AWABC) President had the opportunity to participate in this event. She stated, “Working side by side with AWA and AGR student members was time well spent. My heart is full of gratitude that AWA has chosen such a worthwhile service project. As an AWA alumna, I am so very proud of the hard work, organization, enthusiasm, respect and kindness I witnessed by all 116 volunteers.”

AWA is a 501c7 non-profit professional student organization at the University of Wisconsin- Madison housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The organization was founded in the spring of 1973 and now has a membership of over 100 young women and an alumni and associate members and friends’ membership of over 500 people who all share a passion for agriculture. The organization is built upon the three pillars of professional, service, and social with a goal of improving communication among women in agriculture and helping them achieve their goals. AWABC provides student housing for 24 members at its house located near the agricultural campus at UW-Madison. AWABC hosts member events to support professional development, leadership and networking as well as public agricultural educational activities to promote agricultural awareness.

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