HUNGER FIGHT: Volunteers Pack Meals For Hungry

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With each scoop of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins, Iowans are helping feed a record number of families in the community and around the world.  Meals from the Heartland is celebrating its fifth year of feeding the hungry.  From now through Saturday evening, volunteers will be busy packing 18 semi-trucks worth of food.

“Right now. I`m on the vegetables,” says West Des Moines 4th grader Drew Dunnwald. 

More than 100 students from Jordan Creek Elementary worked one of the first shifts at Hy-Vee Hall.  Over four days, some 15-thousand volunteers will pack meals for Iowans and others around the world in need.

“Some rice and some vegetables is more than enough for a lot of people. They`re understanding it finally, I think they`re getting it,” says teacher Jan Bergman.

Their teacher hopes it`s a lesson these nine and ten-year olds won`t soon forget.

“You know that you saved some lives,” says Dunnwald.

“It`s pretty infectious really.  We have a lot of volunteers that come every single year to this event,” says Meals from the Heartland Executive Director Dave Bradley.

Organizers are counting on the volunteers more than ever this year.

“The goal this year is 5 million meals which is a new record.  The most we`ve ever done before is 4.4 million,” says Bradley.

The meals truly come from the heartland.  The rice is from Arkansas, the soy and vegetables from Iowa and Illinois and the vitamins come from Minnesota.

Meals from the heartland is still looking for volunteers.  You can sign up to pack meals, stock supplies or make a donation to cover the cost and shipping of meals.  For more information, just go to "Seen on 13".