Students pitch in to help Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Early on a Saturday morning of a long weekend, one might expect high school students to be still in bed. This Saturday, though, more than 100 teens from 10 local high schools were not only awake but also hard at work to help those in need.

The students gathered at the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds for the inaugural Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger event and spent hours packing 2,000 boxes, filling each box with enough food to feed someone for a week.

The Jim Hudson Automotive Group sponsored the event, teaming up with Harvest Hope Food Bank and Souper Bowl of Caring. Keith Hudson said the group hopes to make this an annual event, cutting down on the number of people in the Midlands (15 percent, according to Harvest Hope), who do not always know where their next meal will come from.

“It’s amazing to see so many students giving their time on a Saturday, he said. “People should not go hungry. The resources are available in our state and we need to make sure everybody has food.”

With instructions from Harvest Hope and Souper Bowl team members, the students formed assembly lines, working in teams to pack the boxes and cheering each other on.

The Jim Hudson Automotive Group works with Harvest Hope year round and provided enough food for more than a million meals in 2017 alone. Founder Jim Hudson said the commitment to help the community will continue.

“I do it because I’ve been blessed. When you’re blessed and have a wonderful business and a good life and good health, you should share it with those who are less fortunate,” he said. “We will always be here to help those who are hurting.”

Harvest Hope is always in need of volunteers and donations. More information on how you can help is available at the food bank’s website.