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Northlanders Fight Hunger and Pack 50,000 Meals

Posted at: 01/19/2013 5:58 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2013 6:20 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Northlanders of all ages helped fight hunger Saturday and packaged 50,000 highly-nutritious meals for hungry kids around the world.

Salem Covenant Church's basement turned into a meal packaging center for "Kids Against Hunger" Saturday with 300 volunteers packing highly-nutritious meals for hungry kids around the world.

"You see pictures of hungry children and it moves your heart," said event organizer Cyndee Johnson. "You want to help out, but how do you do that?"

Salem Covenant's Youth Pastor, Steven Osborne, helped bring the organization "Kids Against Hunger" to Duluth and take on the fundraiser.

"It's been phenomenal. Just from our community all the volunteers coming out and then also just seeing the money coming in, we needed about $10,000 and that came in really quickly," said Osborne.

That $10,000 covered the cost of the basic food that volunteers like Mackenzie Anderson of Esko helped turn into a highly-nutritious formula.

"We put in some broth, some veggies, some protein, and then some rice," said Anderson.

They put all the ingredients into a small pouch that holds six meals and each meal has a day's worth of nutrients. The rice acts as the bulk of the meal, then a special soy mix adds protein, chicken flavoring gives the kids 21 vitamins and minerals, and a veggie mix has six different vegetables.

The meals will go abroad and across the nation, but they'll also help local kids, too.

Salem Covenant has only committed to one food packaging day, but they said it is possible they'll make it into an annual event. Their hope is to have an ongoing "Kids Against Hunger" food packaging satellite center in Duluth.