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BRIEF: Whitworth students, Generation Alive prepping for meal-packaging event

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meals logoWhitworth University students are partnering with Generation Alive in a  meal-packaging event, which will take place May 3 at the Fieldhouse at Whitworth.

According to a press release, volunteers will be packaging meals in 60 production lines in the Fieldhouse. The meals will go to food insecure locations in the Spokane area, Pacific Northwest and Nicaragua. There are 90,000 food insecure people in Spokane County, according to the release.

The project is student-led by the Associated Students of Whitworth University and was inspired by a conversation between Whitworth President Beck Taylor and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, founder of Generation Alive.

Project leaders from Whitworth and Generation Alive are currently in search of volunteers to help package at least 540,000 meals. Each production line consists of 10 to 12 volunteers. Those interested in the event can learn more about how to volunteer and support the project financially at the Whitworth Million Meals website by going to www.whitworth.edu/millionmeals.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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