Lone Star College Kingwood News
Published on: August 17, 2018 Lone Star College-Kingwood and the Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) will continue its efforts to provide food to individuals and families in the Lake Houston area.
The entities invite the community to its fall Community Food Fairs on Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the colleges Parking Lot G. The goal is to help alleviate hunger by providing free food once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Attendees are helped on a first-come, first-served basis.
LSC-Kingwood recognizes that students, employees, and community members have food needs that are not met. This event helps with those concerns, said Brenda Stubbs, LSC-Kingwood professor and Community Food Fair founder.
The Community Food Fair also provides an opportunity for students to engage in a service learning project. This event allows them to develop and utilize their leadership and organizational skills while learning how to give back to the community.
“LSC-Kingwood seeks to provide applied educational experiences including community outreach involvement that facilitates critical thinking and decision making,” said Jamie Turner, Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering and Community Food Fair coordinator.
According to Turners research, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that 40 percent of the food in America is wasted while one in eight Americans lives with food insecurity. The NRDC also states that the health impacts of malnutrition compound other socio-economic problems in at-risk populations.
LSC-Kingwoods food fair provides an opportunity for students, professors, and other community members to join forces through service learning and civic engagement to find solutions to this real-world problem, Turner said.
The Community Food Fair began in September 2015. Since then, approximately 1,000 volunteers have helped more than 4,000 households and at least 20,000 individuals in the Lake Houston and surrounding communities. Items usually given include fresh fruits and vegetables such as onions, potatoes, squash, carrots, cabbage, as well as …