Manchester College says it will lead an interfaith initiative to boost literacy and reduce hunger in its northeastern Indiana community.
Officials from the school in North Manchester were among about 200 representatives from higher education and seminaries who gathered at the White House last week for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.
Campus Pastor Walt Wiltschek says Manchester will partner with local churches to provide tutoring in satellite centers and houses of worship. It already provides 3,000 tutoring hours annually to elementary schools and literacy centers.
He says the partnership also will support soup kitchens and a food bank.
The 6,000 residents of the town about 30 miles west of Fort Wayne include nearly 1,300 Manchester College students and scores of college faculty and staff.