Kate Stenger ’22 and Lauren Stenger ’22, team up in an effort to combat food insecurity.
Over winter break, my sister and I continued a project we started this summer called Alone Together. We designed and sold hoodies where all of the profits were donated to an organization called Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope provides meals for people struggling with hunger and can get one meal for under a dollar. When we began this project in May, they had a challenge to see how quickly they could raise 10 million meals, and as of today they have delivered 200 MILLION meals all around the world! I am super impressed with their work and thrilled to have donated our profits to such an amazing organization.
Another crucial aspect of our project is the community involvement. We created a website that educates the customer on the issue of food insecurity, and we interviewed a member of the Convoy of Hope team so peers could hear from someone with personal involvement with community service. Also, our hoodies provide an outlet for community members, for during a time when group gatherings are banned, the purchase of a hoodie is a wonderful way to give back (one hoodie provides 40 meals). With a huge thanks to the Workman family, this winter my sister and I were able to produce more sweatshirts (and add a new color) to reach more people and to support more hungry Americans. I am so grateful to have been a part of such an impactful project, and I have learned so much from the process. If you wish to check out the interview, the hoodies (we have more available to purchase), or the website in general, here is the website: www.shopalonetogether.com.
With some extra time on my hands this winter break, my sister and I decided to continue our service project from the spring. We sold hoodies to support social distancing, and to provide meals for people struggling with food insecurity. You can read my past grant posts to learn more about the project here! Because we had sorted out many of the details in the spring, (such as creating the website, finding a manufacturer, creating pamphlets, etc..) the continuation of the project ran very smoothly. We continued to sell the same “Alone Together” hoodie, plus we added a navy version. My role in this service project was promoting the product, shipping out the orders, and communicating with the manufacturer.
Continuing this project retaught me the power of teamwork and my community. Without the help of my sister Kate, and the support of my family, I am sure that this service project would not have succeeded. On that note, without the support of my community, such as the CSGC and the customers, no change would have been made. I am so happy that I was able to use my free time wisely through supporting families around the nation. Thank you to the Workman family for supporting my project both in the spring and this past winter break!