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Students ‘Eat Well’ to aid Kenya

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Photo by Samantha Zingsheim/Fourth Estate

Staff and volunteers hand out food to students and community members during Eat Well every Tuesday at the Richard Mauthe Center from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Nicole Penke , Life Writer
November 7, 2013
Filed under News, Top Stories

Help is a simple term that developed the Eat Well event at the Richard Mauthe Center. Held every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Eat Well not only provides students a home-cooked meal and entertainment, but also helps raise money to build a well in Kenya.

In addition to the Eat Well event, the Mauthe Center’s Harvest Fest seeks to restock Green Bays local food pantries with 10,000 canned goods.

The Eat Well event requests a small donation or nonperishable food items. The food items are then given to the food pantries and the small donation to the Kenya  well project.

Students are encouraged to bring their own plates, bowls and cups to the event to help cut down costs. These students get to go to the front of the line. For students who don’t bring their own supplies, disposable eco-friendly dishes are provided.

Aisha Umar, intern at the Mauthe Center in charge of the Eat Well event, encourages everyone to attend. She believes once students come the first time they will want to continue to every time.

“My favorite thing is seeing the students eat and enjoy themselves knowing they are doing something good,” Umar said. “It may seem like only a dollar, but it all adds up quickly. It will go a long way to help the people in Kenya.”

Sajida Shariff, volunteer, helps with some of the cooking anf serving the food.

“My favorite part is to cook and feed the kids,” Shariff said. “I feel so good because I love to cook. I like when they come because I feel like a grandma and they are my grandchildren. I joined this Eat Well because I like the idea of building the well to provide clean water for the people in Kenya.”

According to the Mauthe Center website, every Eat Well Tuesday event will have a new menu and a different sponsor to help cover the costs.

The menu includes vegetarian and lactose-intolerant food choices, but the menu has food most UW-Green Bay student will enjoy.

The volunteer and staff set up for around 150 people. Students  begin to arrive around 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. Umar welcomes everyone and tells them about the well in Kenya. She will introduce a band or singer and open the food table where volunteers help serve food.

The Mauthe Center presents many different choices for anyone interested in volunteering. Students can go to the Center and one of the interns or staff members will be willing to help and answer questions.