Thousands of volunteers in Grand Forks help feed starving childrenGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- More than 2,000 volunteers are making change. It starts in Grand Forks but spreads world wide.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- More than 2,000 volunteers are making change. It starts in Grand Forks but spreads world wide.
The third annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event is stuffing the Public Works building full of food, fun and hope.
For less than a quarter, these volunteers are putting a dent in world hunger.
Jodie Storhaug/event organizer: "It's 22 cents a meal. And we package it into these bags of six meals."
Leah Niemann: "It feels really great because I know that a lot of kids are starving and need food."
Volunteers are putting their food safety hats on and getting to work, packaging up more than 400,000 meals. Sitting here ready to be shipped off to starving children around the world.
Jodie: our goal this year is to reach having packaged one million meals in our greater Grand Forks community.
That goal is vitally important because organizers say these meals allow children to stop searching for food, and start moving on to more normal activities.
Jodie: "They attend school a lot of times in order to get the food. So you meet that basic need and now they can begin to learn because they're not just searching for something to eat."
For volunteer Heidi Whalen, feeding the hungry is a family affair. Her two teenagers are also pitching in.
Heidi: Many times nowadays kids are just so involved in other things, it's important for them to see that other countries need help.
Whalen's son says giving back is a great way to spend a Saturday.
Josh Niemann/volunteer: "I thought it was pretty fun. I didn't know what it would be like, but I had a good time."
For many children, these meals will be the only food they get for the day.
Jodie: "It's specially designed also so that they can digest it well. It wouldn't go well with them if you gave them a plate of spaghetti, when they've been perhaps eating dirt or whatever they could find in a dump."
It takes about $90,000 of fund raising to cover the cost all those meals, many of which are headed to Haiti.