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Media Advisory: GW Medicine and Health Sciences Students to Participate in Community Service Day

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2013) – On Thursday, August 29, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will join together to help those in need at this year’s Commitment to Community Day. Hundreds of faculty, students, residents, staff, and alumni will spend the day preparing 100,000 bagged meals through Kids Against Hunger DC Metro and making quilts, first aid kits, and decorating grocery bags through World Relief Nashville/Memphis.

Morning and afternoon groups will meet in Foggy Bottom to work with Kids Against Hunger DC Metro to package 100,000 meals to send to Kenya through Nyumbani. These meals will support Nyumbani’s Lea Toto (Swahili for “to raise the child”) program, which provides medical attention, prevention education, counseling, and self-help skills for over 3,000 children in Nairobi living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The program’s eight clinics have a holistic approach, providing psychosocial and nutritional support in addition to medical care. Meals will also be donated to the Nyumbani Village, which is home to orphans and elders who have been left behind by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The village pairs orphaned children to grandparents, who raise them. The 1,000 children are given a home, schooling, and a road map toward self-sufficiency.

Kids Against Hunger's meals are formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child's body and mind. The meals offer all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition—something that can't be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone.

Groups will also spend the day making quilts, first aid kits, and decorating grocery bags. The World Relief Nashville/Memphis will donate a portion of the materials to Bread for the City in D.C.

What: Commitment to Community Day at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

When: Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

*Media*: Media interested in attending community service day should contact Lisa Anderson at lisama2@gwu.edu or 202-270-4841.

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About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

Founded in 1825, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. smhs.gwu.edu.

About World Relief:

World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, is a faith-based international relief and development organization committed to serving the most vulnerable populations through the local church. World Relief currently works on five continents, in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. In the United States, World Relief focuses on serving the foreign-born, including providing immigration legal services to refugees, asylees, parolees, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable immigrants in twenty-four cities around the country. World Relief also supports churches in developing immigration legal services programs. Since 1979, World Relief has resettled over 236,000 refugees in the United States. http://worldreliefnashville.org/.

About Kids Against Hunger:

Kids Against Hunger’s mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world. Our approach to achieving the eradication of world hunger is the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified rice-soy casserole by volunteers and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families worldwide.

The Kids Against Hunger’s International Headquarters office is located in New Hope, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. In 2010, volunteers at more than 80 Kids Against Hunger locations packaged over 40 million vitamin-fortified rice-soy casserole meals for children and their families around the world and around the corner. http://kahdcmetro.org/.