UNH students team with Young's to raise money, awareness for Haiti

By Breanna Edelstein
On April 1, 2014

The smells of a traditional, Italian-style dinner will waft through Young's Restaurant on April 25. The UNH Student Nutrition Association (SNA) will team with owner Ken Young and one of his chefs to prepare the menu while raising money for a meaningful cause.

SNA, a group of student food lovers, is dedicated to promoting a healthful and sustainable diet. However, this annual event is about more than just the food. They are teaming with the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) to raise money and awareness for the organization that brings relief to the people of Haiti. 

The HHF describes itself as a charitable outreach to neighbors in need. The foundation provides preventable and curative health developments to the poorest country in the western hemisphere. 

Tickets to the dinner are on sale at the MUB ticket office for $10. For the second year in a row, SNA will donate all proceeds to the foundation. Though tickets will be available up until the night of the dinner, purchases can be made with cash, credit card or Cat's Cache beforehand.

"We're also accepting donations from the HHF's wish list," SNA co-president Gabrielle Mele said. "The list of items can be found on the foundation's website and include items such as peanut butter, spam and new children's summer clothes."

Mele also emphasized how excited she is about the food the group is serving.

On the menu will be homemade vegetarian and meat lasagnas, garlic bread, and Caesar salad, as well as a dessert. The attention is in the details, as the group will spend time making their own sauces and even croutons for the salad.

"It's really wonderful to work with the college students because the kids are so passionate," Young said. "It's great to be young again and have energy."

He laughed and expressed that it is their energy that drives him.

With his own worldly experiences, Young has a special investment in causes that help the less fortunate. His personal travels have taken him to poverty stricken communities in Ecuador, Argentina and Tanzania, to name a few. 

His firsthand accounts, particularly of young folk and children, in third world countries are what drive his passion for helping SNA. The people there need help in basically every aspect.

"[They need] education, medicine, food and simple things we take for granted, like water," Young said.

Similarly to last year, the event's funding will go to benefiting children, and obtaining medicine and food in particular.

Raffles, live music, plenty of food and guest speakers are advertised on the event's Facebook page. All are welcome to join and invite friends and family, too.

"It's fun to see people just throw themselves at an issue," Young said.

And that is exactly what attendees can be support while enjoying a warm meal later this month.

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