About 200 people gathered Tuesday morning at McPherson College to participate in the Food for Orphans Anti-Hunger Run.

About 200 people gathered Tuesday morning at McPherson College to participate in the Food for Orphans Anti-Hunger Run.
Food for Orphans is a non-profit organization that strives to make sure orphans around the world get at least one nutritional meal a day.
Participants walked, jogged, biked or skated around campus to help raise awareness for children in need of food.
Ashley Sinness, who helped organize the event, said about 180 of the participants were freshman. The rest were college staff, other students and community members.
Sinness said the run was part of the college’s freshman orientation, which teaches new students about the college’s mission of developing people through scholarship, participation and service.
The run began at about 10:30 a.m. and was scheduled to last an hour. Participants paid $15 to register for the event, which covered the cost of an Anti-Hunger Run T-shirt and 60 meals for orphans worldwide.
Beverly Dunning, Food for Orphans director of development, said the organization packs and ships food to orphans in 15 countries in addition to raising money. She said McPherson College has helped the organization pack food the past two years.
Dunning said Food for Orphans ships food because some countries can’t provide for their orphans.
Shay Maclin, dean of students, said the college decided to do an Anti-Hunger Run this year because it was more active.
She also said a staff meeting was canceled so staff members could participate alongside students.
While the distance ran had no impact on how much money was raised, Maclin said the freshman class had a goal of doing 2,017 laps around campus, the same number as their graduation year, or about 11 laps per student.
Samantha Peterson, a senior studying sociology and psychology, said she got involved because it seemed like a good service opportunity.
“I like helping. It makes me sad that people don’t have food,” Peterson said.
Dunning said the participants raised enough money to provide 12,000 meals to orphans.
Sonja Johnson, Food for Orphans event manager, said events like the Anti-Hunger Run help people be more aware of problems around the world.
“It’s really important that people know about the tragedy that is the hunger crisis,” Johnson said.
Ethan Winter, a freshman studying biology, said learning about children in need made him appreciate the things he has.
“It makes us think about what we take for granted every day,” Winter said.
Those interested in learning more about Food for Orphans can visit its website at foodfororphans.com.

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