Columbia College leads effort to fight hunger in Richland One

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Hundreds of people came together Saturday morning to help neighbors in need, with Koalas leading the way.

The Columbia College Center for Leadership & Social Change teamed up with Feeding Children Everywhere and several local organizations to host a Hunger Project, packaging more than 30,000 meals for children and families in need in Richland School District One.

The college campus on North Main St. is in the midst of District One, so for the many students, faculty and staff who took part, it was an effort to help their community.

“We want to be part of this neighborhood and good neighbors to all in 29203,” said Columbia College President Carol Moore, who donned a hairnet and joined in the Hunger Project.

Hunger Projects, organized by Feeding Children Everywhere, are high-energy events with volunteers forming teams and packaging meals in assembly lines, working together with music playing, lots of encouragement, and lots of laughter.

“We have the most eclectic group of people here, said Tamara Burk, a Columbia College professor and director of PLACE & Leadership Studies Programs and one of the primary organizers. “It really is about the people. There’s a machine that can do this in a short period of time, but it isn’t about that. It’s about having a synergy of spirit.”

More information on Hunger Projects is available at

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