Volunteers Package 50,000 Meals for Hungry Persons
About 250 persons of all ages volunteered Saturday, Oct. 22, at the former Hansen Motors Building in Auburn to package 50,000 meals to help feed hungry persons.
The Kids Against Hunger event was sponsored by the Nemaha County Ministerial Association. It started at 9 a.m. and was completed at 4:30 p.m.
“It was completely successful. I thought it was amazing. It was the gift of God to get it done in one day,” said the Rev. Fred Richart of First United Methodist Church, Auburn.
Each bag packaged contained six meals. The bags contained a specially formulated rice-soy casserole meal. That consisted of flavoring/protein, dried vegetables, a sorghum mixture and rice. About $10,000 was raised towards the effort, Richart said.
Many of the meals will be taken to Dadaab, a refugee center in Kenya, East Africa. At the center residents of Somalia escape drought and civil war. Some of the meals will be reserved for use in the area.
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world. The mission is achieved by using volunteers ages 5 and up to package highly nutritious food in more 50 food packaging satellites across the United States, one in Canada and two in Africa. The meals are distributed to starving children and their families in more than 40 nations through orphanages, schools, hospitals and churches.