PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding about the plight of hunger affecting the Northwest Ohio region are invited to participate in a series of free activities and events at Owens Community College’s Hunger Awareness Day on Thursday, March 21.
Coordinated by the Owens Leadership Academy Team Alliance, the event is titled “Plant the Seed” and will occur from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. All events and activities are free and open to the public.
Activities will commence with Food for Thought Executive Director and Chief Thought Officer Sam Melden providing a lecture presentation about the societal impact of poverty and hunger in Northwest Ohio at 11:30 a.m. Owens culinary arts students will follow Melden’s lecture with hands-on culinary demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. During the demonstrations, students will be utilizing ingredients readily available within a food pantry to create nutritional and cost-effective oatmeal pancakes.
In addition to the presentation and demonstrations, individuals will have the opportunity to visit with Owens dietetic technician students and receive advice about food and nutrition as well as take-home cookbooks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to choose from an assortment edible lettuce seedlings courtesy of the College’s urban agriculture and sustainability students. Several local campus and community organizations will be in attendance during Hunger Awareness Day, including Meijer, Owens Harvest Food Pantry, Toledo Area Ministries’ Food Stamp Outreach, Feed Thy Neighbor, Food for Thought, Feed Lucas County Children and Toledo Seagate Food Bank, among other groups. Hunger Awareness day will also feature various prize drawings.
Owens Leadership Academy Team Alliance members responsible for the event’s coordination are Joann Gruner, Terrence Katschke, Eileen Goodman and Michelle Atkinson.
For additional information about Hunger Awareness Day, call (567) 661-7504 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7504.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.