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2009.09.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Students Join Omaha Food Bank for Hula Hoop Fundraiser

Omaha - Hula hoop dancers, local DJs and college students will join forces in the fight against hunger and collect food for the Omaha Food Bank.

With more Omaha area families needing emergency food assistance, a group of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) public relations students are partnering with the Omaha Food Bank to hold “Hula Hoop and a Can of Soup” Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Elmwood Park.

The event coincides with World Hoop Day and is part of the Food Bank’s observance of Hunger Action Month. Hula hoopers of all ages are invited to bring a can of soup to participate in an open hula hoop dance. Local DJs Brent Crampton, a UNO graduate, and Chris Massara, a UNO senior, will spin tunes during the hula hoop dancing. Members of Hula Hoop Omaha will also perform.

World Hoop Day has been dedicated to finding a healthy, physical, fun way to give to under-privileged children living in underdeveloped neighborhoods,.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own hula hoops but some hoops will be available for public use. The Food Bank will also provide fresh fruit from its Fresh Food truck during the event.

Volunteers from Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), helped to coordinate the event.

“Our students enjoy the opportunity to do community service and have a special interest in helping children served by the Food Bank,” said Karen Weber, PRSSA adviser. “Hula hooping, enjoying live music and dancing are great ways to have fun and raise awareness of the fight against hunger.”

The Food Bank’s blue barrels will be stationed at the park. In addition to cans of soup, the Food Bank needs other nonperishable food such as canned meats, pasta, fruits and vegetables and peanut butter and jelly. The Food Bank also accepts household goods and personal hygiene items.

For more information, contact Heather Mead Garrett, Omaha Food Bank, at (402) 331-1212, ext. 119 or communityrelations@omahafoodbank.org.

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