More than 300 volunteers gathered in shifts at Butler Community College Sunday to participate in the first annual State-Wide Packaging Event, known as Swipe – a partnership event with Numana, Inc. The volunteers packaged 52,704 meals in a little over three hours, putting them ahead of schedule by about two hours.
Along with 16 other Kansas colleges, Butler’s Swipe was organized as a celebration of World Food Day with a goal to package 50,000 meals for starving people around the world.
“I was very excited and proud to see the tremendous response from students, staff, and the community,” said student volunteer Brandon Sweatman. “It is rewarding and heartwarming to see everyone come together to make a difference.”
Numana, Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity, gave the initial amount of 20,000 meals free of charge, leaving it up to the college and community to raise the money for the extra meals that were packaged.