The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Twin Cities 2015, May 2-3

Kids Against Hunger - West Metro

Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger.

What new functionality we are looking for

The primary focus of the site should be to allow people to sign-up for packing food to distribute to those in need. In order to do that, people will probably need to be informed about what KAH-WM does, our goals and mission statement; content-focused.

The secondary purpose of the website is to allow people and companies to donate to the cause. It would be nice to have this as a prominent call-to-action (with volunteering being the main call-to-action). We would also like to be able to continue to feature the companies that are gracious enough to donate to the organization.

The tertiary purpose of the site is to provide information about upcoming events and news. One of the programs we run, to help raise money for funding the packing, is a family-friendly, annual event called the "Tonka Mud Run." It is important to have information and sign-up capabilities for the event on the website too.

The final purpose of the site is to allow people to learn about KAH-WM's volunteer opportunities within the organization (such as participating on the Board). We are always looking for people who are willing to donate their time to help out and it would be nice to make it easy for those with interest to learn about volunteer opportunities in a clear, well-designed site.

How the new functionality will help

A new website, with a great user experience, would allow us to have a clear and focused place for people to have access to information regarding our non-profit. The benefit of a professional, well-designed site, may help in gaining more corporate donations, more people willing to donate their time to help and excite people to want to participate in (or setting up) packing events!

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

75 Messages from Supporters

2015-04-05 20:04:46 UTC
Jennifer Kiefer

KAH should win this because websites are helpful in getting information out to people and KAH does great work!

2015-04-05 20:05:49 UTC
Dylan Kiefer

KAH should win this challenge because they carry a powerful message of feeding hungry people

2015-03-13 14:49:10 UTC

Chloe R

Kids against hunger is important because it sends food to people that can not aford food from all over the world. For example people in oklahoma that were in the tornado. Also I felt really good that i participated in the kids against hunger. I know that I helped out for kids dont have the things we have

2015-03-13 14:50:27 UTC

Riley F

I think kids against hunger is important because it helps people who need food and it teaches kids how important it is to help people in need and not to be selfish and think this is a waste of my time

2015-02-14 19:04:40 UTC

These are just a few of the comments we hear from children packing with us:

I had a great time at KAH. It felt really good to know that I was helping a ton of kids. I was really happy to know that I could help that many people. My favorite part about it was putting the bags in the box because I could see how many bags we made per minute and that’s why I had a great time. – Kjersti D.

My favorite part of KAH was finding out how much I am helping kids. It makes me feel really good to help. My school packed 24,840 meals and I am really happy that people around the world that don’t have food, do now! – Jamilya V.

My favorite part at KAH was beating our last year’s total. I helped pack meals to feed starving children. I liked the trip because it is always great to know that you are doing something for others. IT makes me feel good to know that I am helping others greatly. – Kate B.

My favorite experience at KAH was passing up our goal of over 24,000 meals. It made me feel really happy that I helped a lot of people in need. – Cam S.

My favorite part of going to KAH is helping people around the world. I like the trip because it was fun and I got to help starving people. I feel good because I got to help. My second favorite part was trying the rice, sealing the bags, packing and helping put the bags in the boxes. I have gone to KAH twice, so this year I knew that it would be even better! I hope that I can do it again sometime! – Madi B.

Thank you for giving us a chance to better serve our volunteers and reach new markets!

2015-02-26 01:19:17 UTC

Packing meals with Kids Against Hunger-West Metro is wonderful on a number of levels. First, kids feel empowered to know that their hands, no matter how small, can make a true difference in the world as they pack meals that feed the hungry and save lives. They feel the joy of philanthropy, what it’s like to “do good” in the world and see how people working together can make visible, significant progress toward a common goal when they all participate.

Kids at packing events learn about world hunger, geography (where the food is going) and also get a perspective about how lucky they are to have food to eat, clothing to wear and clean water to drink.

Kids Against Hunger also allows people of all ages to join together and do something fun and positive, whether it’s families, teammates, friends, neighbors, school groups, volunteer organizations – any group is welcome to pack meals.

Personally, I see my children enjoying packing meals because it’s a tangible way for them to help others. They may have had a rough day at school, struggled with homework or felt frustrated, but packing meals helps them see that they have the power to be a force of goodness and light in the world.

2015-03-02 15:36:55 UTC
Julie Mattson

I am raising two young kids and I believe Kids Against Hunger-West Metro teaches them to share their resources, serve others and think about communities beyond our reach. I enjoy packing and serving with them and showing them that their work can make a difference.

2015-03-03 04:27:32 UTC
Tiffany Ortner

Kids Against Hunger spreads joy and optimism in our community. It is kids helping kids at the core. Hunger. This organization provides kids the opportunity to give back in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Our girl scout troop has especially enjoyed packing each year. It is a local effort that has been a positive experience for a very important cause.

2015-03-06 13:49:35 UTC
Julie Kiefer

I created this website because our non profit has an extremely tight budget and we needed our donations to go towards the ingredients we pack for starving children. Yet, we also knew computes were the way to reach children so I did a lot of Google searches and read countless forums to create our site. The last computer class I had was in college in the 80s. Yes, we are talking about the days you needed to go to the computer lab to get your printout on the dark green, light green striped paper with the side strips for the printer feeder that you needed to tear off. Needless to say, we could REALLY use a professional touch to our amateur website. I know you guys could do a WAY better job than I did at getting our important message out to the community. Thank you!!!

2015-03-13 14:40:44 UTC

This year student leadership packed many meals for many hungry people all over the world. We packed for 1 hour and 35 minutes. You might not think that a time as short as that could help at all considering the amount of starving people in the world, but, it did. We packed 7344 meals in that time. Before we went to Kids Against Hunger, our teachers said that they wanted us to pack over 5000 meals. Everyone was thinking “How can we do that? We're just a small group of 4th and 5th grade students.” But really, any size group and any age of a person can make a difference.The bike ride was very tiring but it was worth it. We would like to thank all the students in student leadership that have stepped up and helped all the people that were suffering because of hunger. So thank you very much Student Leadership for helping people around the world. –Jenna, Jolie, and Alena

2015-03-13 14:41:24 UTC

This week 4th and 5th graders from Deephaven student leadership went to Mount Calvary to help pack food for Kids Against Hunger which is an organization where anyone can come and help pack food for people who don’t have enough. It was a really great experience to be able to help people who have had an unfortunate event occurred in their life. We packed food for one hour and thirty-five minutes and made 7344 meals! The different jobs were one of the four food dumpers. This organization makes sure to have essential nutrition so that the people eating the food will stay healthy. These ingredients are crushed soy, vitamin and mineral powder(which tastes like chicken), dried vegetables, and white rice. Other jobs include, bag opener, bag holder and passer, weigher, sealer, and sorter. All of these jobs connect you to the wonderful organization, Kids Against Hunger – Lucia, Hailey, and Allison

2015-03-13 14:43:43 UTC

Robert D

I thought this assosiation is great, and it does a great deed for the kids in Haiti that don't have food and, to show the kids that there are people thinking about them. I had lots of fun and I hope more kids do, it next year!

2015-03-13 14:44:06 UTC

Alexander T

"Kids against hunger" is a very important assosiation it helps people that dont have food because they were in a tornado or any other disaster. It was very fun packing all those meals for the people who dont have food. You also feel good feeding people who cant feed themselfs.

2015-03-13 14:44:42 UTC

Grant D

Kids Against Hunger is an important orginization because they help people get food who can't themself. I had fun packing food because we helped about 8424 people that needed it from the Oklahoma tornado and people who live in poor places like hati.

2015-03-13 14:45:08 UTC

Lucia L

Kids against hunger is important because it helps people in natural disaters who need food and people in Haiti and many more places. It was a very fun and cool experience to pack over 8000 meals for people who got hit with the Oklahoma tornado. I really felt like we made a difference in many people's lives.

2015-03-13 14:45:36 UTC

Hailey E

I think Kids Against Hunger is a very importaint assosiation because it helps so many people all over the world. My group got to help the victums of the tornadow in Oaklahoma. It gives so many meals to people and all you have to do is spend a few hours and those few hours will turn into saving thousands of lives. Not only is it important, but it also feels good to help out, espasally when you find out you packed 8424 meals. I can't wait to do it again next year!

2015-03-13 14:45:57 UTC

Jenna D

I think Kids Against Hunger is a great oganization, its not just great for the people and kids who get the food but for the people who pack the food, it teaches the poeople who pack a great lesson. I learned that all people need it not just people in the world who are in poverty, but in natural disasters, too. I feel I and my team mates have helped so many people in Oklahoma(there was a tornado) who need it. I hope to be able to do it again next year as a fith grader whith new forth graders who get the chanse to have this amazing experience

2015-03-13 14:47:27 UTC

Audri S

I think it is an important orgnization because you pack food for people that don't have much food or don't have any food at all. It is fun to make a difference. I felt like this was a lot of fun doing this with my classmates because you can see all of us cooperating together. I hope I can do this again. Thanks for everyone's help.

2015-03-13 14:47:48 UTC

Gloria S

Kids Against Hunger is a great organization because it helps a lot of people that don't have food to eat and makes a change in the world. We felt proud and lucky to help other people and make a change in the world. The Kids against Hunger Organization is a helpful, meaningful, and important way to make changes in the world. Gloria - Haimanot

2015-03-13 14:48:19 UTC

Elizabeth W

Kids against hunger to me, is and important organization and I'm happy that i get to participate in it. I fell proud that i get to pack food for the people in the tornado in Oklahoma. My team was a good team. There were girls and boys in 4th and 5th grade and we all worked together. We packed fast, but made sure in was in the right order and we made sure we didn't spill anything.

2015-03-13 14:48:51 UTC

Megan L

kids against hunger is a inportant organizasion because it helps kids that are in need of food. It is so fun to pack food for people in need because it is just a little work that does alot for people. we will probably help millions of people in oklahoma. I felt that participatng in kids against was so fun. For example we were all smiling when we were packing the food. that is why I felt it was so fun.

2015-03-13 14:49:43 UTC

Madeline W

Kids against hunger is important because many kids around the world don't get enough food to eat. When kids don't get enough to eat their body's won't grow as much and they don't get the nutrients children's body's need. Also they could die from malnutrition. Kids against hunger can help those children and save lives. I felt like I was really helping people and my heart breaks when I see the pictures of the children. I was really excited when I heard we were doing kids against hunger because it's so fun to pack bags and it helps many people. I was really happy to hear that we had packed 8,424 meals because that means a lot of people were fed. I was so glad to be a part of this.

2015-04-08 23:42:55 UTC
Ben Richter

Kids Against Hunger WOO!

2015-04-08 23:42:57 UTC
Ben Richter

Kids Against Hunger WOO!

2015-04-08 23:43:19 UTC
Andrea Richter

Kids Against Hunger is GREAT!

2015-04-08 23:47:04 UTC

They should win because it is for a good cause

2015-04-08 23:53:20 UTC

KAH is a great cause feeding starving people

2015-04-08 23:43:46 UTC
Aaron Richter

I'm a baby, but my dad says Kids Against Hunger is very good.

2015-04-08 23:45:18 UTC
Kate P

KAH is such a helpful thing and helps all around the world and you can volunteer

2015-04-05 20:10:21 UTC
Steve Kiefer

KAH should win this because it will help KAH find the vital volunteers they need to continue their important work. It also provides a place for them to inform others of the important work they do.

2015-04-05 23:07:11 UTC

I want KAH to win!!

2015-04-05 23:33:39 UTC

Kids Against Hunger is a wonderful organization. This website would help them to find the volunteers and support they need to continue the work they are doing!

2015-04-05 23:34:31 UTC

I believe kids against hunger should win because it is a wonderful organization that helps supply food to people in developing countries as well as those who are struggling within the United States. The current website could use an update and it would be super helpful to get a new website and have an even greater impact for KAH!

2015-04-05 23:36:14 UTC

KAH is a great organization that benefits those that pack food and especially those that receive it. It is entirely volunteer driven. If we had a better website, we would be able to recruit more people to our food packing events and to raise more money to pack more food and to ship it around the world to those in need. We would greatly appreciate the expertise of others in improving our website!

2015-04-05 23:39:15 UTC

KAH is a great organization not only for those it serves but also for those that support the cause like youth groups, various school grouos and other organizations like Girl and Boy Scouts. It's a terrific avenue for these types of groups to recognize the broader need in their communities, and helps them engage in hands-on efforts to enact positive change in the world. Having a great website which allows other non-profits to quickly understand the KAH mission and how they might support it is instrumental in the ongoing success of this organization.

2015-04-05 23:40:38 UTC

KAH is a great organization not only for those it serves but also for those that support the cause like youth groups, various school grouos and other organizations like Girl and Boy Scouts. It's a terrific avenue for these types of groups to recognize the broader need in their communities, and helps them engage in hands-on efforts to enact positive change in the world. Having a great website which allows other non-profits to quickly understand the KAH mission and how they might support it is instrumental in the ongoing success of this organization.

2015-04-06 15:28:18 UTC

It is amazing to see the impact this organization has had on feeding people and helping them step out of poverty or ease the effects of a natural disaster. Your expertise would help them continue the wonderful work they do.

2015-04-06 15:31:43 UTC

This has been such an inspirational organization to my children. Their ability to empower our youth to help others in need is outstanding. Please select them for a new website.

2015-04-06 15:33:20 UTC

Kids Against Hunger rocks!

2015-04-06 15:40:05 UTC

KAH helps change the world, feeding those in need and inspiring those who help in playing a part that makes a difference. This organization is important; adding a positive-influence to a challenging world.

2015-04-06 18:39:02 UTC
Kristin Davis

KAH should win a new website because these volunteers work tirelessly to support this phenomenal cause! And everything we can do to support that effort should be done! IE: a new website! :)

2015-04-06 22:25:47 UTC

My family loves packing meals. It is rewarding to watch our children ages 5 and 7 participate packing meals.

2015-04-06 23:32:49 UTC

KAH-WM should win because they have packed over 5 million meals and are going to pack 5 million more.

2015-04-06 23:40:12 UTC

Kids Against Hunger should win because when our website is more interesting and easier to find information, more people will sign up to pack meals.

2015-04-08 23:49:49 UTC
Cheryl Patten

What a great ministry. I am amazed by the all volunteer staff that organizes so many varied groups in house and on location. Truly a g

2015-04-08 23:51:45 UTC

They help a lot of people and it is always a lot of fun to volunteer

2015-04-06 22:38:10 UTC

Because we have hungry families to feed.

2015-04-08 23:54:17 UTC
Anne Groton

Kids Against Hunger is awesome! My family looks forward to making meals together every year! We can feel the need and feel grateful to be part of fulfilling the need!

2015-04-06 22:23:08 UTC

I am in 7th grade. KAH-WM has let my little sister and me to help other children around the world. It is also fun. Please help us help more kids around the world. :)

2015-04-06 23:42:01 UTC

I like packing meals because I know that I am giving food to someone who does not have food. I know that I am helping someone who really needs help. Please vote for Kids Against Hunger West Metro so we can help more people.

2015-04-06 23:58:03 UTC

There are over 805 million people who struggle to nurish their bodies everday. I believe that Kids Against Hunger West Metro's mission is very valuable because they not only offer meals, but nutritous meals so that kids near and far can reach their potential. This website will allow a braoder community to contribute to the cause.

2015-04-06 23:51:12 UTC
Sara P.

They should win because it is so fun helping other people!

2015-04-08 23:54:20 UTC
Anne Groton

Kids Against Hunger is awesome! My family looks forward to making meals together every year! We can feel the need and feel grateful to be part of fulfilling the need!

2015-04-08 23:54:48 UTC
Matt s

I like KAH because it is a good place to hang out with friends and help the community

2015-04-08 23:46:03 UTC
Sheila Wakefield

Kids Against Hunger is truly a remarkable experience. I have enjoyed every moment of participating in this surprisingly easy activity, and knowing that something so simple as pouring rice into a bag can mean the so much to so many people. I cannot express in words how happy I am that this sort of non-profit organization exists, and I hope to participate in packing again soon!!

2015-04-08 23:49:25 UTC

KAH should a website because it is a helpful organization that allows people of all ages to help the hungry

2015-04-09 00:01:40 UTC

They should win because it promotes awareness to starving kids

2015-04-08 23:26:05 UTC
Charlie Groton

Promotes volunteering and helps people who need it!

2015-04-08 23:26:14 UTC
Charlie Groton

Promotes volunteering and helps people who need it!

2015-04-08 23:28:03 UTC
Will Meeker

Kids Against Hunger is awesome because you can have a lot of fun while helping out for a good cause too.

2015-04-08 23:28:56 UTC
joey Durelle

Kids against hunger is a great way to help people in need

2015-04-08 23:30:49 UTC

its a joy doing this

2015-04-08 23:32:53 UTC

its a joy packing food

2015-04-08 23:32:54 UTC

its a joy packing food

2015-04-08 23:32:54 UTC

its a joy packing food

2015-04-08 23:33:46 UTC

its a joy packing food

2015-04-08 23:33:48 UTC

its a joy packing food

2015-04-08 23:34:11 UTC
Chase "creamy" hentz

Boy oh boy I've never loved sooooooooooo much kids against hunger is bom dot com if u think I'm lying im not. Kids against hunger is exactly wat it sounds like kids fighting hungryness sometimes to the death. We here at kids against hunger run a strong initiative to put a stop to growling tummies all over the world and we will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. We need a website to attack hunger at all angles. Plz hlp.

2015-04-08 23:35:25 UTC
General Patten

Because we have lots of awesome people doing awesome things like packing food.

2015-04-08 23:35:46 UTC
Ian vasina

I think that kids against hunger should create a new website because they help kids all across the world

2015-04-08 23:57:15 UTC

I love doing it. I have been doing it for a real long time. Ten years. You feel like you are making a difference

2015-04-09 00:00:35 UTC

I think kids against hunger should win a website because kids against hunger is geared towards helping and connecting with others and what better way than with a website!

2015-04-09 00:05:57 UTC

Kids Against Hunger is a wonderful program because it brings a community together to tackle a worldwide problem. It is a good way to both inform people of this pressing problem and give them a way to make a difference. It would be very helpful if Kids Against Hunger had their own website because we need to inform more people about how they can help. This would help reach out to even more communities and give more people an opportunity to be the change we need to see in the world.

2015-04-09 02:43:36 UTC
Julie K

Glancing through the comments, I am reminded what an amazing group of volunteers we have at so many levels. There is Ben who is only a senior, but mature beyond his years from living in Africa and experiencing a different culture, Julie M with her bubbly enthusiasm, Tiffany O who just joined our team behind the scenes and is doing a fantastic job, Cheryl P who has put countless hours in, Renee W who juggles work, family, and still manages to stay on top of our communications, Dave who volunteered until he was practically paralyzed from a back & hip injury and still feels bad when he has to sit out on the sidelines, elementary students who are so excited packing with us, teenagers, many of whom have packed with us for ten years already like Cameron, parents who get to watch the joy it brings their children to feel empowered to help others, and yes, we even have the teenager with a sense of humor who thought it would be funny to write the same message five times in a row. KAH is truly perfect for every age and personality. There are the competitive ones, the ones who just like to chat, and the ones who need a stool to reach the funnel. It touches so many people and it could touch so many more with a new website. Please pick us!

2015-04-09 00:10:43 UTC

Kids against hunger has been such a blessing not only for the people who receive the food in the developing countries, but also for the church that is packing the food. Having lived overseas I am well aware of the need for food, it provides wonderful temporary relieve for countries in need while raising awareness and helping churches have an outlet to serve God. I have had a great experience packing food for Kids against hunger!

Our Mission

Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger accomplishes this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world. Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans - a hunger for meaning and contribution. We accomplish our goal by: Packaging highly nutritious meals made of a unique blend of rice, 52% protein soy, six blended dried vegetables, and flavoring fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals for as little as $0.15 per meal, receiving donations and sponsorship support to purchase supplies, and enlisting volunteers to package over 500,000 meals per year, lead packaging events, and serve on the board. KAH-WM is a nondenominational, humanitarian organization with nonprofit status.