COLLEGE STUDENTS HOST CRAWFISH BOIL FOR SECRET MEALS PROGRAM

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Caitlun Dallas

A team of University of Alabama public relations students partnered with the Alabama Credit Union to put on the first ever Pinch Away Hunger Crawfish Boil Sunday at Innisfree.

Alabama Credit Union established Secret Meals For Hungry Children in 2008. The program identifies children in West Alabama schools who are living below the poverty line and need food on the weekends when they aren’t in school. It costs around $140 to feed one child each weekend every school year.

Sunday’s fundraising goal was $1,000, which is nearly enough to fund meals for 10 children, and all proceeds went toward that goal.

Event Coordinator Anna Fikes said she thinks these events build good morale among the community, and people like to be a part of helping out.

“It’s just really cool to tell people why they’re out here,” she said. “Why they’re raising money and eating crawfish. They’re just happy to be out here and helping out.”

Susan Daria, an advertising and public relations professor at the University of Alabama, said her classes have been partnered with the Alabama Credit Union since 2011. In just a few years they have raised over $83,000, and fed more 416 children.

“It’s a win win for everyone,” she said. “The students learn, they’re using everything that they’ve learned in previous semesters, they’re using their talents towards the degree that they’ve chosen, and they’re helping the community.”

Daria said her class is hoping to hit the $100,000 mark in the next couple of semesters.

For more information on the Secret Meals For Hungry Children Program, visit secretmeals.org.

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