by Adele Hardwick
On Saturday, March 8 at the Peace Lutheran Church, a food packaging event for over 12,000 hungry children in Kenya and Somalia was held. The event was from noon to 4pm. Anyone 8 years and older volunteered. The project needed to have at least 25 volunteers to stop families starving by getting a nutritional meal.
At this event, the first 30 minutes included instructions on packaging. The volunteers packed for 90 minutes then cleaned up their area. All the ingredients in the meal cost around $.27 per child. The meals had ingredients of rice, vitamins, soy, and mixed vegetables. Each volunteer that worked for 90 minutes packed around $60 worth of food. The cost for 6,000 meals is anywhere from $1500 to $4,600. Afterwards, there was a 30 minutes debriefing on the accomplishments of the volunteers.
The food will be delivered to the children by the partners in the Feeding Children International organization. There are many food packaging events that occur in America that send the food to places that are struck with famine.