What a week for Hardin! Fight Childhood Hunger Week was a blast and probably my favorite experience so far of my service term. In Hardin, we have been fighting childhood hunger all month long in a district-wide food drive! At each school, every grade is competing against each other to see who can bring in the most non-perishable foods, and the class with the highest quantity of food donated gets a pizza party. All food will be given to our local food bank, Helping Hands Food Bank. To continue collecting food and fundraising for the Helping Hands Food Bank, we set up tables at Shopko for one day and IGA grocery store for two days and raised money and food. Throughout the week, people in Hardin were also able to stretch their impact by participating in our community fitness week. We hosted an adults yoga class, a kids yoga class, and a Zumba class where people could bring three cans or pay $5 to participate to further benefit the Helping Hands Food Bank.

For Wear Orange Wednesday, to further raise awareness about Fight Childhood Hunger Week, I hosted a photo booth in Hardin High School for students, faculty, and staff during lunch. Everyone had a blast, and all the pictures turned out great! We had a lot of fun and beautiful orange props for people to hold. Our High School principal, Rob Hankins, donated a Subway gift card to raffle off to also encourage students to participate in the photo booth. 

On Friday we finished the week with a fundraiser for our very own Hardin District Backpack and Pantry Program called Jersey Day. Students, faculty, staff, and local businesses who participated were able to pay $3 to wear their favorite team’s jersey or hat to school or work, or $5 to wear both. The local businesses who participated included the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital, Bighorn Valley Health Center, First Interstate Bank, and Little Horn State Bank. I am excited to announce that on Friday alone we exceeded our goal and raised one thousand dollars that are all going to benefit the Hardin Backpack and Pantry Program and feed students over the weekends, who might not have food at home.

I am incredibly thankful for everyone we partnered with and everyone who participated to make this week a huge success​ and a significant step forward in the fight to end childhood hunger!

Gilly Levy
Montana No Kid Hungry-PRC AmeriCorps VISTA
Hardin, MT