Association of Women in Ag rallies to fight hunger

Wisconsin State Farmer
More than 70 people packaged over 30,000 meals during the Kids to Fight Hunger event on Feb. 17. The Rally to Fight Hunger is a service event that was started in 2016 by past AWA Service Coordinator, McKenzie Rowley. Current Service Coordinator, Abigail Martin, continued the event for its third year.

MADISON - It took less than three hours for 74 participants to package more than 30,600 meals to exceed a goal of providing 30,000 meals for the third annual Rally to Fight Hunger. 

The Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) partnered with Alpha Gamma Rho-Iota (AGR) fraternity on Feb. 17 and worked with Kids Against Hunger - Rock County, who provided supplies for the meals. The meals will be sent to communities as close as Madison and as far away as Kenya. 

The Kids Against Hunger meals provide a source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates and vitamins that are needed for malnourished children and adults. These meals also offer all nine essential amino acids required for complete nutrition, which is not typical of other food relief sources, according to Kids Against Hunger.

AWA members also had to opportunity to be sponsored by family and friends to fund the event. Members raised over $1,200 in donations. 

“Rally to Fight Hunger has been my favorite event to plan as the AWA Service Coordinator.  There was a great deal excitement leading up to the event, and lots of sisters were eager to help out however they could,” said Martin. “The day of the event was full of fun and laughter with friends, and left myself and everyone who participated feeling of great sense of pride for what we just accomplished.”