CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Students at Eagle Ridge Christian School in Cape Girardeau are working to combat childhood hunger.
On Thursday, the student body will pack and seal more than 10,000 meals for hungry children in places like Haiti, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Kenya.
Some of those meals will also be distributed to a food bank in Cape Girardeau.
Rachel Mellies, the school's marketing director, said the project is called Feed the Need.
Mellies says students are learning in some places it's not uncommon for children to eat every other day. One of the main goals, is for students to see how they can work to change that.
"We get to feed less fortunate physically and mentally by giving them the gospel and nutritious food to help them be stronger in their faith and in their bodies," Logan Schwieger said.
The school has already raised $36,000.
Roughly half of the money the students raise will go back towards the school.
It'll be used for purchasing new technology for the school, and increasing security and benevolence.
The Feed the Need project will take the place of typical fundraisers where kids sell cookie dough, magazines, or coupon books.
"We have wanted to do a fundraising event that would be very effective for Eagle Ridge Christian school at the same time help our students give back and help them learn how to help other people instead of just benefiting ourselves like our world is today," Mellies said.
Approximately 35 cents of every dollar will go towards the meals for children in other countries.
If you want to donate, you can text ERCS to 71777 or call 573-339-1335 for more information.