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Kids Against Hunger is planning on packaging 100,000 meals the first weekend of November. KSMU’s Katie Easley spoke with the Kids Against Hunger about how they plan on meeting this goal.
The non-profit organization Kids Against Hunger established a chapter in Springfield in 2007, and has already packaged over a million meals for starving children locally and around the world. The Kids Against Hunger Organization has no paid employees and relies solely on volunteers. Karen Wood, Executive Director for the organization, says there are many things people can do to help..“People can get involved a couple ways, we appreciate any donations people are willing to make, or if groups want to collect money from donors and then come and package the meals, or just come and package the meals,” says Wood.Each meal costs about 14 cents and consists of specially formulated ingredients geared toward nourishing severely mal-nourished people back to health. “It’s a meal that’s comprised of four main ingredients, rice and soy, soy is for protein, dehydrated vegetables that add vitamins and minerals, and then we have a tablet, that is the flavoring, vitamins and minerals and amino acids and all of that together forms a health well balanced meal,” says Wood.These meals are then sent to non-profit groups in Springfield, and around the world, that feed hungry children.“Locally we supply food to the kitchen and the Salvation Army, and we also support organizations in Haiti, Tanzania East Africa, in Mexico and we also supply food to a group called food for the poor in Jamaica,” says Wood.For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley.