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Student-Athletes Attend "Skip a Meal, Scoop a Soup"

Release: 11/21/2008
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AMES, Iowa Eleven student-athletes donated their time and helped organize for the fourth annual “Skip a Meal, Scoop a Soup” benefit, put on by the City of Ames Nov. 19.

Many student-athletes and participants of the event came to the realization that there is hunger in the world. Junior women’s gymnast Jennifer Hornbaker mentioned the fact that homelessness can even take place right here in the small town of Ames, Iowa.

“It was a great opportunity to get active in the community by helping those less fortunate,” said Hornbaker. “Many people don't realize that in Ames, just like in bigger cities, there are people who are going without shelter and food.”

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For the fourth year the City of Ames has organized an event of this nature to help promote hungerness and homelessness for area residents. Eleven student-athletes took time away from their busy schedules to lend a helping hand, serving soup and collecting donations from Ames residents.

Those student-athletes that served soup and donated time in this effort included athletes from the men’s basketball squad, football team, women’s gymnastics, and the men’s and women’s track and field programs.

Life Skills Coordinator Jamie Hurst felt that there was a pressing need in the Ames community for awareness of hungerness and homelessness. She attended the event along with many City of Ames officials and the student-athletes in front of Ames City Hall.

“It was an incredible gesture by the City of Ames to include Iowa State student-athletes in the Skip a Meal, Scoop a Soup event,” said Hurst. “Vanessa Baker-Latimer and the rest of the Ames Housing staff put on a wonderful event, and again we are so thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Ames community.”

The main goal of this event was for community members to skip a meal and donate the money they would have spent on their afternoon lunch to an agency addressing hunger. This event took place in conjuction with the annual National Hunger and Homelessness week. Those who donated money and other items to the cause also went home with a warm bowl of soup on a cold November day. 

Hornbaker left City Hall that day with a different perspective on life in Ames, and was glad she could lend a helping hand.

“Our hope was that instead of buying lunch, people would donate their lunch money and indulge in a bowl of hot soup on us,” said Hornbaker. “Volunteering yesterday afternoon helped me take a step back and appreciate how truly blessed I am.”

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