IW football team helps fight childhood hunger

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


ST. PAUL, Minn. ? Before Iowa Wesleyan and the University of Northwestern took the field on Saturday the two squads teamed up for charity.

The two football teams volunteered at ?Feed My Starving Children,? a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and districution of food to people in developing nations.

The Tigers and Eagles packed 54,432 meals, which is the equivalent of feeding 149 kids for a year. The packs, named ?Manna Packs? are a formulated blend of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins. The meals will be sent to kids in Guatemala.

In a press release, Tiger head coach Mike Richtman shared his thoughts on the charity work of the two teams.

?It was great to see the players and coaches of both teams working together for a common good cause,? Richtman said. ?(Northwestern) Coach Matt Moore and the Northwestern Football team were great parttners in this. They are tough, hard-nosed competitors on the field, but also have things in proper perspective and carry themselves with dignity and class. I hope we have started a new tradition and can continue to unite in service and fellowship with them going forward.?

The volunteer work was done on Friday and the two teams met for their annual conference showdown the next day at noon.

Those who would like to learn about the non-profit organization can do so on their website. Donations are accepted at