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2010.06.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Students Host 5K Walk/Run for Child Hunger Ends Here

Omaha - More than 16,000 children in Douglas County go hungry every day and do not get the proper nutrition to grow healthy bodies.

To help reduce the number of hungry children, MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA), has joined the “Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally Campaign.” With the help of its student-run PR firm, Maverick Solutions, students will hold the UNO Run ‘N’ Munch Walk/Run Benefit Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UNO campus. All proceeds will stay in Omaha.

ConAgra Foods and Feeding America have joined forces to create a nationwide initiative for groups to host neighborhood rallies from bake sales to block parties using ConAgra Foods brand products to raise money and collect food items for their local food bank.

The UNO 5K Walk/Run will be followed by a cookout and family friendly activities featuring a variety of games, face painting and exercise drills with UNO athletes. Barrels will be set up in the Pep Bowl to collect nonperishable food items. All proceeds and food donated will go to Food Bank for the Heartland.

“We have seen firsthand the serious nature of child hunger in our communities through our BackPack Program,” said Brian Barks, director of development and public relations with Food Bank for the Heartland. “The Food Bank works with schools to identify children at risk for hunger. During the school year, bags containing food items are discretely distributed on Fridays so the kids have something to eat over the weekend. In the 2010 school year, we will have 3,000 students participating in BackPack compared to 300 in 2006.”

TD Ameritrade and OPPD are sponsors of the event, and the team is still looking for more local sponsors. Anyone interested in participating can register at www.unorunmunch.com or at the registration table in the Pep Bowl the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. Suggested donation for individual participants is $25 with a $10 minimum; for teams of up to six participants, the suggestion donation is $50. Checks should be sent to UNO PRSSA in care of faculty adviser Karen Weber, Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 140-E, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska, 68182. Checks should be sent to UNO PRSSA in care of Karen Weber, Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 140-E, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska, 68182. Participants can also register and pay at the event.

For more information, contact Kristin Webb, UNO PRSSA president and event coordinator: kewebb@unomaha.edu or (308) 380-6404.

ConAgra Foods
Corporate responsibility remains a top priority for ConAgra Foods, a leading food company in North America. In its efforts to make a lasting impact on the community, ConAgra Foods wants to help eliminate childhood hunger in America and educate families about the importance of good nutrition. Since 1993, ConAgra Foods has provided more than 234 million pounds of food to families in need, through food banks across the nation and has donated more than $27 million in grant dollars to support programs and initiatives that feed children and families in need.

Feeding America
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.

Food Bank for the Heartland (a member of Feeding America)
Food Bank for the Heartland is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that acts as a central clearinghouse through which the food industry and community may donate surplus food to feed hungry individuals, families and children. Food is distributed to more than 350 member agencies in 77 counties in Nebraska and 16 counties in Western Iowa. Annually, Food Bank for the Heartland distributes seven million pounds of product helping to feed more than 300,000 people in need in the Heartland.

MaverickPR UNO PRSSA
The UNO PRSSA chapter, sponsored by the School of Communication in the College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media, prides itself on being a leader among student organizations on campus. Members demonstrate these leadership qualities through their commitment to academic excellence, professional development and service learning. Among the chapter’s awards for 2009-2010 academic year were winning the 2009 National PRSSA Teahan Chapter Award for Outstanding Chapter among 310 chapters in the U.S. and Argentina; first place in the 2009 Ethics Advocacy Competition and third place in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC).
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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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