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Volunteers 'Pack Away Hunger' for MLK Day

Volunteers prepared 53,000 meals for hungry people locally and outside of the country.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:19 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 1:15 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Volunteers prepared 53,000 meals for hungry people, locally and outside of the country.

Pack Away Hunger is a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tradition at Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette.

Half of the 53,000 meals will go to Food Finders Food Bank. The other half of the meals will go to a town in Guatemala.

About 275 volunteers, including fraternities and sororities from Purdue University, prepared and packaged the meals.

Pastor Scott Mann said in the seven years they have been donating meals to Guatemala, the children have had healthier lives.

"Children are growing to normal levels versus malnourished levels. It's been pretty inspiring to participate in. It's one way to help at least a little bit," said Mann.

The meals contain sources of soy protein, rice, vitamins and seasonings.

Pastor Scott Mann said helping the hungry offers many lessons to the volunteers.

"Giving results in receiving and we couldn't be more blessed by this opportunity to give and to receive from folks that have a lot to teach us," said Mann.

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