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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • RVMS students make 25,000 meals through Kids Against Hunger

  • The recipe is simple, but it makes a profound difference in the lives of many: one spoonful of chicken flavoring, another spoonful of vegetables, a cup of soy, and one cup of rice become meals for six people through a program known as Kids Against Hunger....
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  • The recipe is simple, but it makes a profound difference in the lives of many. One spoonful of chicken flavoring, another spoonful of vegetables, a cup of soy and one cup of rice become meals for six people through a program known as Kids Against Hunger. This past Friday, students from RVMS spent the day working 45-minute shifts making meals for people who are hungry a world away. The program allowed students to learn more about the importance of service and how one can have fun doing it.
    The plan to conduct a Kids Against Hunger packing event began a few months ago, with the students holding a fund drive for a few weeks leading up to this past Friday. The students were able to raise $3,500 for meals, through a change drive and donations from the Presbyterian church and some individuals. “We want to thank the community for its support,” said Jen Otto, RASD school social worker, who, along with Amber Green, school counselor, helped the students plan the event. “It was so neat seeing the kids work together. Everyone helped. There was no one standing off to the side.” Spencer Quast, RVMS student council president, who helped coordinate the event, said he thought it was good for the students to see where the money they had been raising was going. Personally, Quast said he felt it was a good experience, adding it was impressive to see the boxes as they began to stack up. The students were given a chance to sample the food they were packing, which Mark Smisek, operations manager for the Mankato division of Kids Against Hunger, described as a chicken hot dish. “I wouldn’t say it was bad,” said Quast. In addition to the student effort, area congregations spent time Friday night packaging some meals, with the ultimate result of nearly 30,000 meals being packaged. Smisek said the food packaged during the local event was going to the Philippines. Smisek said he was very impressed with the efforts of the local community, adding every event like this makes a difference to hungry kids. Kids Against Hunger donations are sent to 60 countries around the world, and Smisek said some of it is also given to people in need here in the U.S. Frank Abdo, a volunteer for the program from Mankato said seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces as they work is worth all of the time he and others put in as part of the program. “The kids all did such a great job,” said Otto, adding she hopes each of them was able to see how they can make a difference in simple ways. Otto added the plan is to hold another packing event next year. She hopes to include the high school, too.

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