BHS junior brings hunger project back to Boonville

Boonville High School student Carley Esser is doing her part in the combat against world hunger. On Saturday, April 7, Esser will be holding a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event and needs a total of 200 volunteers to help pack the meals. The event will be held at the Boonville High School gym and cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m. with the second shift starting at 7:30 p.m.
To start off the night, volunteers will meet in the high school gym for a small presentation followed by washing up and packaging the ingredients in the cafeteria. Throughout the night, people will have the option to taste test some of the food, as well.
In June 2012, 10 FFA members and their instructor, Ms. Deanna Thies, traveled to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. During the conference, approximately 350 students from around the country learned the importance of helping others and being aware of problems faced around the world.
Throughout their week long journey, students engaged themselves in different activities, focusing on world hunger while being exposed to many organizations such as Kids Against Hunger (KAH). The organization was founded by Richard Proudfit in 1999, and according to, the mission is to reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world. KAH ships meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries. According to the State of Food Insecurity in the World, every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes.
"The feeling of being so blessed and helping others in a simple way that could touch so many peoples lives is what influenced me to bring KAH back to Boonville," Esser said.
Esser is a junior at BHS and has been involved in FFA for three years. She also is the third vice president of the area chapter team was well as the area reporter. Busy with other school clubs and multiple varsity sports, Esser has also devoted many hours to the fight against world hunger.
Following her trip to D.C., Esser returned to BHS were she held a school-wide assembly to give awareness of what she had learned. Along with coordinating the assembly, she also arranged the process of raising money and bringing KAH here to Boonville.
"The high school and community have raised over two thousand dollars (enough money to pack over nine thousand meals) which has left me so proud of everyone who has supported the cause," Esser said.
Esser said the time has come to actually pack these meals.
"We need the communities help," Esser said.
The meals that they will be preparing consist of four ingredients which are white rice, dried vegetables, crushed soy and mineral powder. Now, to me and you, that might not sound so appealing, but to a child in Haiti, that is a great feast. Some packages will stay here in the US, but most of them will be sent to Haiti," Esser said.
Helping Esser in the packaging process will be five volunteers from "Youth Encounter" (a group that travels year round to make sure the process runs smoothly).