Volunteers in Sikeston help to reduce worldwide hunger - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Volunteers in Sikeston help to reduce worldwide hunger

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Volunteers hope to pack half a million bags of food for children in the country of Haiti following a three day event. 

Hope Epidemic along with 2,500 volunteers were in Sikeston on Saturday along with Feed My Starving Children to bag up 500,000 meals. 

Volunteer numbers were up from last year where 1,500 volunteers packed up 375,000 meals. 

Each meal contains rice, vitamins and minerals and vegetables. 

The 500,000 bags will feed 1,300 children for a whole year. 

Organizers say it's important that we tackle world hunger and help out children that are starving worldwide. 

These hand-packed rice meals are filled with essential nutrients specifically formulated to feed hungry children around the world. 

Volunteers that Heartland News spoke with say it's great to be able to help out and is important for everyone to understand the severity of malnourishment in children worldwide. 

One volunteer brought in her child to help give support and bag up food. 

The volunteer says it's essential for our younger generation to understand the needs in the world with starving children. 

Volunteers danced to music as they repeatedly bagged up meal after meal. 

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit that tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed MannaPack meals to nearly 70 countries. 

This event they are focusing on sending all 500,000 meals to Haiti. 

Organizers say Haiti is in desperate need for food. 

The land is not suitable for crops since the 7.0 earthquake hit there in 2010 destroying many buildings and killing thousands of lives. 

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