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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

Volunteers pack meals in ‘record time’

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 29, 2017

A group of local volunteers recently packed more than 30,000 meals for Take Away Hunger, an organization which has provided millions of meals to people in countries as far away as Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The group made up of volunteers from several local churches, packed the meals Sunday, of black beans and rice for the victims recent hurricanes and floods in Florida and Texas.

“In a record time of two hours and 40 minutes, 30,240 meals were packed,” said event coordinator Don Henderson. “One hundred and nine hard working volunteers signed the registration book.”

To date, Fairfield volunteers have packaged 317,052 meals during the past 11 Take Away Hunger packing sessions.

The organization, which has a warehouse eight miles south of Brighton, has wing units like Fairfield’s packing team, throughout the state of Iowa.

According to the organization’s website, in 2010, those wing units were responsible for producing 4 million meals, which are being used in four nations and also here in the state of Iowa.

Today, there are 17 food packing locations.

The oganization’s mission is to feed the hungry, and show the love of Jesus.

Its goal is to establish 50 wing units in the state  to help fight global hunger.

At the present time they supply KAH food to the Fellowship Cup in Mt. Pleasant, the Crisis Center in Iowa City, and the Southeast Iowa Food Bank in Ottumwa. Through these three outreaches they are supplying 2,500 meals per week locally.

“Thank you Orschelns for the huge fans and water, and to the local media — we couldn’t do it without you,” Henderson said. “Also, a special thanks to every one of the volunteers [who] came out on a very warm day. It’s so good to be a part of the family of God.”

For more information about Take Away Hunger, or to join the next scheduled local packing session, contact Henderson at 472-4271 or 919-0088.

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