Poverty and hunger are real. Palo Alto County residents can help make a difference this weekend.
Then Feed Just One, Palo Alto County Packing Event is Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds.
"Help us package high quality, highly nutritious and tasty meals to send around the world to help fight world hunger," said Lana Williams, a volunteer from the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg.
Volunteer teams will be packaging meals that include fortified chicken-flavored casserole mix with seven dried vegetables and over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Each 13.8 ounce package contains six one-cup meals. Jobs include scooping food flavor, weighing bags, sealing the bags, packing bags into boxes and palleting.
There are three shifts available for volunteers from fifth grade and up:?8:30 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up, contact Lois Stanley at 852-2692, email@example.com or Bonnie Whitney at 852-9160, firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Each team member will donate $30. This amount will cover the cost of the food and shipping.
"Food will go to Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras, the three poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere," said Ted Ellis, who was part of a mission to Honduras in March. "In Honduras, some of the food will most likely go to the Tolupan Indians of the Montana de la Flor area where children born have a 20-percent chance to make it to age five. Our goal is to make 100,000 packages that will make 600,000 meals. I challenge you to push over our goal."
Then Feed Just One is a nonprofit, mobile food packing program based in LeMars. They assist groups in working to alleviate world hunger.
The name, Then Feed Just One, originates from a quote from Mother Teresa:?"If you can't feed a hundred people, Then Feed Just One."