Students groups from Lakeview Public Schools, and members of the community, gathered Saturday for a "Kids Against Hunger" event to assemble 20,000 meal packets for needy families in the Lakeview High School cafeteria.
Students from across the district worked to raise the $5,600 for the meals. The students raised $3,000, and with the assistance of a school board member and Thrivent Financial, they were able to reach their goal, according to Patti Blashill, a parent organizer of the effort.
For months, the groups including Huskies with Heart, Patriots with Pride, and Ardmore’s Kids Who Care, have been working are working to raise $5,6000 for the meals.
"We are doing a lot here to help out those in need in our community and around the world," said Michael Burwell, executive director of Kids Against Hunger Coalition of Michigan.
More than 300 children and adults from 5- to 65-years old assembled the meal packages which include white rice; fortified, crushed soy; a blend of six dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals.
The pre-packaged meals will be divided up between local community food banks, to international organizations and to Kids Against Hunger Michigan to be distributed following a national disasters.