Volunteers are being sought to help with the Casper College Nursing Department's food drive Saturday, March 22nd from 10am 'til 1 pm in the Liesinger Hall Gym. The group will also collect donations for the Wyoming Food for Thought Project, which works to feed kids in Casper and Natrona County.

According to Marianne Madariaga, Casper College nursing instructor, volunteers are needed to help the students package 10,000 rice meals for both the Casper community and Nicaragua. The mission of Kids Against Hunger “is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world.” All materials for the food packaging will be provided for the event.

The students are also collecting donations for the Wyoming Food for Thought Project through March 31. The Wyoming Food for Thought Project seeks to find a local solution to childhood hunger through the Weekend Backpack Program. “Volunteers for the backpack program prepare 350 backpacks containing a total of 1800 meals per week. This is aimed at those children who may not have access to meals over the weekend when school is not in session,” said Madariaga. Each backpack will have bags for six easily prepared meals. Nonperishable items such as macaroni and cheese, instant oatmeal, canned chicken, granola bars, canned vegetables, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, etc. are being requested.

For more information contact Madariaga at 307-268-2485 or mmadariaga@caspercollege.edu.