Can eating ice cream help provide a future for a family - yes it can

April 22, 2015

Penn State York’s Agricultural Science Club sold ice cream during Unity Week in April to raise money for Heifer International and the campus community was happy to help.  All of that ice cream eating helped raise $100. The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 70 years.  

Penn State York students and the Agricultural Science Club have been participating in fundraising events for Heifer for a number of years. Their $100 donation can be used to purchase flocks of ducks, chicks, or geese; hives of honey bees, several rabbits, or any number of other livestock that can help sustain a family. In addition to selling ice cream, the club also sold Heifer buttons to help promote the organization and Penn State key chains.

“One of the reasons the club like to raise funds for Heifer International is because many of our members come from farming backgrounds and know the importance of farming and animals,” said Andy Landis, assistant professor of chemistry and adviser for the group. “The Agricultural Science Club wants to help educate people about the importance of food in our society, where it comes from, and the work involved to feed the world.”

In addition, several of the club members are female, and one of Heifer International’s focuses is to train women in third world countries in animal husbandry to improve household food security and income through sustainable animal management.   

The Agricultural Science Club at York strives to provide an interactive setting for students interested in the agricultural sciences to meet with experts in their discipline, to go on trips and tours of local agricultural related venues, to organize campus events, and to outreach to the local community and beyond through service projects.  Working with Heifer International is a great match for the club.

Heifer International was founded by Dan West, a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.  West then had a though, what if they had not a cup, but a cow?

That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. That philosophy still inspires the organization’s work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.  Learn more about Heifer International by visiting their website.  Information about the Agricultural Science Club at Penn State York can be found at

Last Updated June 26, 2015