Here's a list with all the information you need to know to go to work on a press release for distribution at the Jan. 14 press conference. The press conference will be held at the Anodyne Center at 11:00 a.m. Among those taking part will be Mayor Jimmy Cline, David Jackson, Joy Silverstein.

  • Today's date is January 10, 2002 (use your imagination, dummy)

  • (You'll see why in a minute)

  • Westland College is a small state college in Central Illinois

  • It's located on the edge of Turtle Bay, Ill., in Persimmon County

  • Recently a factory closed, just outside of Turtle Bay, Ill.

  • Westland Students study liberal arts, mostly

  • The Westland College Student Association is a student organization on campus

  • The factory made marshmallows. Persimmon County was once the "Marshmallow Capital of the Midwest"

  • About 400 workers were laid off when the factory closed

  • They were mostly migrant workers

  • Students in a sociology class discovered that homelessness is a problem in Turtle Bay

  • The number varies, but state welfare statistics show that about 200 families and individuals are living in chronic poverty, with no fixed address, in Persimmon County

  • Students decided to do something about the poverty

  • The sociology students convinced the Student Association to get involved in the problem

  • Poverty figures were generated before the Marshallow Factory lay-offs

  • There's a social service agency in Turtle Bay called the Anodyne Center

  • It's at 450 Eastlake Drive

  • They are hard-pressed to keep up with the social needs

  • The students plan to sponsor free meals for the homeless every Wednesday night

  • President of the Student Association is Joy Silverstein

  • The Student Association has, as part of its mission statement, "dedicated to connecting Westland College learning to the social needs of Persimmon County"

  • The students will launch a food drive on January 14, at a news conference

  • They want canned goods and staples dropped off at Building B, Sociology Department, Turtle Bay, Illinois 60000 -- on campus

  • They'll take checks too, for perishable items, made payable to WCSA and mailed to the Westland College Student Association, Westland College, Turtle Bay, IL 60699

  • They plan to host weekly free meals for the homeless, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day)

  • They call their program "From the Heart" (get it?)

  • They'll serve meals every Wednesday, 4-7pm, "for as long as people are still going hungry in Turtle Bay"

  • Director of the Anodyne Center is David Jackson

  • Food will be served at the Anodyne Center

  • At the press conference on Jan. 14, Mayor Jimmy Cline will be on hand

  • He will also be on hand on Feb. 14, and will help serve food, wearing an apron and chef's cap

  • He'll also wear an apron and chef's cap for the press conference announcing the beginning of the food drive

  • The students are thinking there are six other days in the week. If students can take the lead, maybe other civic groups in Turtle Bay can pick up the other six nights of the week.

  • That would be okay with David Jackson. The Anodyne Center is willing to provide meals seven days a week, as long as there are civic groups to do the work

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