The greater Manhattan community and Kansas State University teamed up with The Facing Project to tackle the issue of hunger locally this spring. Students in the LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice –taught by instructors Lori Kniffin and Marcia Hornung - lead the initiative “Facing Hunger” by incorporating local hunger issues into the adaptive leadership coursework.
local citizens to the issue of hunger. As part of this effort, students participated in “Everybody Counts,” an event coordinated by the First United Methodist Church of Manhattan, and worked with HandsOn Kansas State and Harvesters. Through these partnerships, LEAD 405 students assisted in mobile food distribution and developed an understanding of the local demographics related to food security and homelessness among other key topics.
The Facing Project was founded by Kelsey Timmerman and J.R. Jamison, as an organization that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. A platform, tools and inspiration are provided by The Facing Project so that communities can share their stories. The goal of sharing these stories is to increase community conversation about key issues.
Autumn Snesrud, junior in secondary education shared, “I believe the most important lesson I have learned is that there are good and hard-working people within our community who still struggle to feed themselves and their families. I now realize how important it is that the whole community is able to read the stories about these people, so they can also have a better understanding of what hunger looks like in our community.”
“The Facing Project brings leadership theory to life through service-learning in a way that students can interact and learn in a real community setting,” says Lori Kniffin, an instructor for LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice, when sharing the purpose for integrating The Facing Project into the course.
By practicing adaptive leadership students connected content with the issue of hunger locally. They then collected and wrote stories of local hunger. The semester culminated with students organizing these stories for publication. The book and public dialogue will debut October 12 at the Manhattan Arts Center.
Students in the Leadership in Practice class paired with Harvesters, the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the Manhattan and greater area school districts to connect
For questions about The Facing Project: Facing Hunger in Manhattan, please contact Lori Kniffin, Lkniffin@ksu. edu.