Benedictine Faculty/Staff Continue Hunger Coalition Work while Students are Away

  • Friday, August 16, 2013

More than 400 Benedictine College students skip their Wednesday dinner each week during the school year, donating the funds from their meal plans to the college’s Hunger Coalition. That money is then used to purchase food, which goes into sack lunches for the needy of Atchison every Saturday, 52 weeks a year.  Students do the bulk of the work, but faculty and staff of the college carry the load during breaks and over the summer so a Saturday delivery is never missed. 


“The faculty and staff of the college actually handle deliveries about 24 weekends through the year when you take into consideration all the breaks,” said Dr. Richard Coronado, chair of the Department of Economics at Benedictine College and longtime Hunger Coalition advisor. “They come in and make hundreds of sandwiches and wrap fresh-baked brownies or cookies in cellophane.  Then another group of faculty and staff delivers them around town.”


The Benedictine College Hunger Coalition has been providing sack lunches in Atchison since 1984 and in January of this year, the group was recognized by the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2012 Team of the Year.  The award annually recognizes a group that has made a positive difference in the Atchison community.


“It was a very special surprise to me for the Atchison Chamber to award the Hunger Coalition Team of the Year,” said Amanda Wert, a Benedictine College student who served as president of the Hunger Coalition until her graduation in May.  “It is always humbling to receive the gratitude of the individuals we serve each week and it was especially beautiful to be told we positively impact the community as a whole.”


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.



Mallory Pickman and Donna Bonnel

with bins full of lunches for delivery.



Dr. Aliea Hernberg, Sara Kramer, and

Julie Romano wrap sandwiches.



Dr. Kevin Page, Abby Bartlett and

Mallory Pickman make sandwiches.


Trisha Clinesmith, Dr. James Young, 

Dr. Sarah Sinnott and Dr. Sarah Young

pack bins for delivery.