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Volunteers pack 20,000 meals for needy families

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Volunteers in Louisville are making sure the hungry have something to eat. In less than two hours Sunday, they put together 20,000 meals.

More than 100 volunteers from seven churches spent the afternoon helping feed people they will likely never meet.

“It's a wonderful feeling,” volunteer Jenny Elmore said. “When they showed us the clip talking about the fact that one child dies every six seconds, I was in tears, and I thought 'you know, we're helping that.'"

"I just think it's what God wants each of us to do," volunteer Donna Schneider said. "Because there's a lot of turmoil in the world today, and I think if we can bring hunger to an end or at least try, I think we're doing our part.

Age was not an issue at Kids Against Hunger. From ages eight to 92, volunteers worked in assembly line formation packaging high-protein meals that will feed malnourished children and hungry families.

Each meal only costs a quarter. It includes a small scoop of vitamin mineral powder, another scoop of dehydrated vegetables, fortified soy for protein and a full cup of rice.

"And when those ingredients are cooked together with about seven cups of water, it creates a vitamin--fortified, high-protein meal,” said Dale Oelker, Executive Director at Kids Against Hunger. “Every one of those pouches will feed six people."

Pastor Lauren Jones Mayfield from Lynnhurst United Church of Christ brought along 45 members from her congregation.

"We have decided to do one mission project a month," she said. “We're packing the food today and it will be shipped out first thing tomorrow and be in those countries within the week and the kids eating these meals within the next two weeks is incredibly exciting."

Meals that were all packed with rice, veggies and love.

When the boxes were full, a cowbell signaled all 36 pouches are ready to go. 20,000 meals ready to be shipped out to hungry families around the world.

Over the past three years, 13,000 volunteers have packaged more than 2.5 million meals. Around 15 percent of those actually stay around Louisville.

If you'd like to get involved with "Kids Against Hunger", click this link.

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