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Flapjacks for Philanthropy to Benefit Local Food Pantry

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fire up the griddle and serve up some charity. A group of Self Engineering Leadership Fellowship students at the University of Kansas School of Engineering is gearing up for the annual Flapjacks for Philanthropy fundraiser.
Flapjacks for Philanthropy

This year’s pancake feed is set for 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Eaton Hall atrium. Tables will also be set up in the Eaton Hall courtyard, if the weather cooperates. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased in the dean’s office, 1 Eaton Hall, or from any SELF Fellow. The pancakes are served by Chris Cakes.

The beneficiary of this year’s event is local food pantry Just Food, a program in Douglas County that coordinates efforts of community pantries to share and provide food for hungry families. Organizers say the pantry is in dire need of funds to remain open.

Ryan Poff, a SELF fellow and sophomore in mechanical engineering, said the event meshes well with a major goal of the SELF program.

“A key part of the SELF program is leadership — and I think something that certainly falls under leadership is giving back and community service. All of us think that’s important,” Poff said.

Poff said the goal is to raise $5,000 for Just Food. Last year’s Flapjacks for Philanthropy, which benefitted earthquake relief for Haiti, raised $4,300. Sophomores in the SELF program organize the event.

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