Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 27, 2013

Kids Against Hunger sending aid to the Philippines

Local volunteers pack nearly 26,000 meals

Photos compliments of Kelli Nigh
Greensburg Daily News

---- — More than 150 volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon at Greensburg Junior High to lend a hand packing meals destined for the Philippines. The volunteers were part of an effort by the Greensburg Area Ministerial Association with “Kids Against Hunger” to bring a meal packing event to Greensburg. Approximately 25,900 meals were packed in an effort to fight world hunger. Meals will be sent to the Philippines to help those struck by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month. Some of the meals also went to Bread of Life in Decatur County.

Dawn Barnes with Union Chapel United Methodist Church, which helped in the volunteer effort with the Ministerial Association said Sunday, “Kids Against Hunger had a great turnout today! We really enjoyed being a part of this event.”

Barnes later noted, “ We had families there that brought their children. It was such a blessing, even for the kids. We wanted to do something that would pull in more of the community. We do want another hands-on project for the community to do but we haven’t made plans yet.”

Barnes said it was an especially poignant lesson for children who helped. Often, a child’s concept of what hunger is involves them personally coming home from school and searching for a snack if they feel hungry. She said this was an opportunity for those here to understand real hunger and how they can help. “It opens up a world for these kids to understand that there are people really hungry.”

Volunteers who came out to help with the effort spoke about how uplifting the experience was for everyone who participated.