Church packs 10,000 meals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 May 2013 08:10
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Church member Lori Archer, left, passes a bagged meal to fellow church member Beverly Cope so that it can be sealed during a packing party. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
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Church member John Hart, right, waits with a cart as fellow church member Jack Klein moves a sack of ingreidents onto a cart during a packing party.
The children of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, have collected money for Kids Against Hunger, a mission that provides nutritious meals to people in need locally and in 61 other countries. Kids Against Hunger strives to prevent hunger for both children and adults.
ISOH/Impact ministry in Perrysburg is the local connection to Kids Against Hunger.
The church raised $3,500 this year for the mission, which paid for 10,000 meals plus the shipping costs to send the food where it needs to go.
Last Saturday, ISOH brought the food to the church for volunteers to pack the 10,000 meals.
"This is a big accomplishment for our church and we are excited about the number of people we will be able to help," said Melissa Hart, the education leader for the church.
She said the volunteers had an "excellent day" as they packed 68 five-gallon buckets which included 25 sealed packets each. Each packet feeds six to eight people.
As part of the project the volunteers scooped soy meal, dehydrated vegetables, rice and seasoning that includes vitamins and minerals in each packet.
She said the recipients of the packets only need to do is boil water to have a hearty meal that is nutritionally balanced.
"The product is vegan, so the food can be sent to any country, but often people will add beans or meat for additional protein if it is available to them," Hart noted.
She indicated that the church members who participated said it was a great end to their year-long mission.
"Being able to pack the meals that will go to the people we are serving means much more to us than just sending a check to a ministry," Hart said. "ISOH/Impact has an organized process that was easy to follow and, in working with them locally, we know that the food is going directly to people in need."
The meals are considered to be good for three years.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 12:20
 

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