Mount Mercy MBA students in Professor of Business Kathryn Coulter’s Business Ethics class partnered with the non-profit organization Kids Against Hunger to help raise money and package more than 6,000 meals for hunger relief efforts in Haiti.
The students raised $1,680, exceeding their goal by over $200 and providing enough funds to package 6,600 meals. MBA students worked in assembly lines to pour, measure, and seal the packages, which contain enough ingredients for six nutritiously complete servings. The meals will be trucked to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they will be transported by barge to Haiti.
Coulter’s Business Ethics class regularly participates in volunteer projects within the community, having served at Waypoint, local missions, and “adopting” a family for Thanksgiving by providing them with boxes of food.
“It is part of our mission as an institution of Mercy to serve those in need,” says Coulter. “Giving money is great, but it is so rewarding to be doing something hands-on with the students.”
Chris Johnson, an MBA student from Marion, Iowa, volunteered to help package the meals. “It’s great to take our service outside of Mount Mercy and help other people in the community,” says Johnson.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928, Mount Mercy provides opportunities to integrate faith and learning for all students. In the spirit of its founder, Sister Catherine McAuley, Mount Mercy is committed to serving the community wherever human need exists through four interdependent goals: using reflective judgment, engaging in strategic communication, serving the common good, and promoting purposeful living.