Over 250 volunteers of all ages gathered at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach Saturday morning to assemble prepackaged meals for hungry children. In under two hours, volunteers packed 500 boxes containing 25,000 meals to feed 2,500 children in Long Beach for 10 weekends, according to Ron Klabunde, CEO and Founder of Generosity Feeds. Around 24 tables were set up to contain 12 to 15 people per table. Volunteers worked together in assembly line fashion to scoop different ingredients into bags, heat seal the bags shut and put them into boxes. Each bag contained a meal of black beans and rice that consisted of five dehydrated ingredients: black beans, rice, beef base, vegetable blend and roux. “It’s beneficial for the community... [I] work with children from the community so it’s a cause that’s dear to my heart so I figured this might be something good to do,” said Angelica Hernandez, a teacher at Long Beach City College Child Development Center. Generosity Feeds worked with sponsors such as customizable pizza business MOD Pizza and You Run This Town Foundation, a non-profit charity organization that helps students in their education. According to Klabunde, Generosity Feeds focuses on feeding children during the
Students can say goodbye to trailer exam rooms and try their luck at high-volume food preparation in the coming weeks. Student Health Center construction almost completed, more 24-hour resources provided and free flu shots to come After months of construction, renovations of the Student Health Center will be completed in just a few weeks, pending approval of a fire marshal, according to Mary Ann Takemoto, associate vice president of student affairs and director of the Student Health Center. The center will now include new exam rooms, equipment and beds. When students call the Student Health Center phone line after-hours and on weekends, they will now be referred to a 24-hour nurse advice hotline. Nurses at the hotline service will be able to answer questions regarding medical conditions, injuries and assess whether students should go to the emergency room for their health issues. Counseling and Psychological Services also has an after-hours line. The Student Health Center will be conducting a series of free flu shots at on campus this fall. In the past, the Student Health Center has collaborated with the Long Beach Public Health Department to conduct these events. All flu shots are free to students, faculty and community members.