CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Community service is at the heart of
North Montgomery High School’s FFA chapter.
A large group of students and parents met in the cafeteria
to pack meals that will feed those in need. The room smelled like spices as
volunteers scooped rice and other ingredients into food bags that will be sent
across the country and world.
“The Kids Against Hunger food packet was put together in the
1970s by scientists,” explained Allison Delp, Kids Against Hunger
“It was designed not just to fill a hungry belly, but to
help reverse the starvation process. There are four ingredients. There’s soy for
high protein, flavoring with 21 vitamins and minerals, white rice as a filler
and dehydrated vegetables, which add color.”
It’s easy to make the meal — simply add boiling water to the
mix and you have a hot, savory casserole-like dish.
In many countries, it is common to eat the same meal every
day, Delp said.
Volunteers add recipes to the boxes to add variety. People
can add salsa, meats and spices to change the taste.
The meals not only go across seas, but fill food pantries
across Indiana, as well.
The Waynetown Christian Church is one of 130 satellite
locations in the U.S. and Canada for the Kids Against Hunger program.
The FFA chapter teamed up with Waynetown to pack 50 boxes of
food. Each meal costs only 25 cents to make, making one box worth $54.
“Cargill and Beck’s have donated the money to the FFA, so we
could do this community service,” said Nancy Bell, the chapter’s adviser. “This
is the second year we’ve done it, and the second year we are packaging 50 boxes.
“It is a very nice organization to work with, and we want to
do it again next year.”
Combined, the 50 boxes will hold 10,800 meals. Fifty boxes
would be enough to feed one person once a day for 30 years.
The mix expires after three years, but it gives you an idea
of how far this many meals can go, Delp said.
“The kids are igniting their passion and stepping out to do
something good for people in need,” Bell said.
For more information, check out kidsagainsthunger.org.