With Veterans Day in the recent past and Thanksgiving in the near future, Americans are in the season of giving thanks, especially for food. But in many areas of the world and within the country's borders, there are individuals who don’t have food to be thankful for.


With Veterans Day in the recent past and Thanksgiving in the near future, Americans are in the season of giving thanks, especially for food. But in many areas of the world and within the country's borders, there are individuals who don’t have food to be thankful for.
Through today, The Bookshelf and Hidden Closet are providing an opportunity for local residents to be proactive in donating funds that help solve this global need. For every receipt a customer designates at the counter, the store will give 10 percent of that sale to Numana, a non-profit 501(c)(3) international hunger relief organization. Receipts also may be dropped off at Sunbird Dental, Dr. Penner/Prose Family Dentistry and Java John’s.
This will help raise funds for McPherson's Numana event, called McPherson County Feeds the Starving, to be conducted on April 28 at the McPherson 4-H building.
“The Numana collection is growing by the day with cash and receipts,” said Bookshelf owner Linda Rounds.
“My friends have made me aware of (fundraising) needs, and I just wanted to help them out,”
The Bookshelf and Hidden Closet are just one in a series of McPherson businesses who are scheduled to aid Numana through donations in similar ways in the next several months.

Upcoming fundraising
opportunities
Other businesses in this fundraising series are Quizno’s, participating on Dec. 5, Wellness Plus, participating in December, JD's Kwik Burger, participating in January and Amics, participating in February.
A schedule of the fundraising series is to be posted in public areas, such as schools and the library.
“We’re hoping that people will do some Christmas shopping there this week,” said Suzanne Fleming, McPherson County Feeds the Starving publicity committee member.
T-shirts also will be sold for fundraising monies within the next couple of weeks with “Mac Pack” on yellow, orange and pink shirts.
The culminating event for all fundraising efforts will be McPherson’s second annual Numana food packaging event in the spring, which has a goal of 260,000 meals.
“To me it’s wonderful,” said Cindy Daharsh, chairwoman of McPherson County Feeds the Starving. “It’s really amazing the amount of people willing to step up and do those things for us, to bring our own community together and do something for someone else.”

Numana
Numana, based out of El Dorado, began in 2008 as an effort to save the starving in intense food insecurity areas.
Meals comprised of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables and other nourishing components are packaged by volunteers all around Kansas and the United States.
Numana partners with the Salvation Army World Service Office to deliver the packages, which cost only 30 cents each.
For more information about Numana and its events, visit http://numanainc.com.

2011 fundraiser
Last June, about 700 volunteers packaged 217,521 meals for Haiti at the McPherson County Feeds the Starving event.
“I was just absolutely amazed when I saw all ages, people from all areas of the community, lots of different churches,” said volunteer Annette Karr. “The diversity of the grouping of people was just really an exciting process. It really showed the whole community effort.”
Daharsh thought it was special families were helping individuals in other countries they didn't even know.
“The look on their face when they knew they were helping someone have something to eat was very heartwarming,” she said.
Following last year's success, more people are joining in the next round of volunteer efforts, which will benefit Africa.
“A lot of the different businesses really want to jump onto this now that they’ve seen the process,” Karr said. “They're really getting on the bandwagon, too. Everybody is being creative.”

Local aid
The packaging event not only aids the hungry in other countries, but locally as well. Those on the organization committee partner with the McPherson County Food Bank to also foster food and monetary donations to reach out to families in the area who need food.
“It is very important to us that we make sure our own community is taken care of during this process,” Daharsh said. “I think that helps people want to help us also, knowing we’re not only sending food outside our community, but keeping it inside also.”
Fleming said that time is exciting.
“Even though the food is going to starving people, it’s still a local event,” she said. “There’s something to be said for all of us coming together for a greater purpose. That’s really why these businesses are helping us, because they see that value. It creates a sense of community within McPherson.”