DES MOINES, Iowa – The race to package more than five million meals began Wednesday with the 7th Annual Hunger Fight, organized by local non-profit Meals From the Heartland.
In the first day alone, volunteers packaged more than one million meals. Thursday marked the second day of the world’s largest hunger drive and volunteers said they’re expecting to match day one’s numbers easily.
“I think it’s a lot of return for a small investment,” said Rob Hammann, a volunteer. “Just a coupe hours. But to think they’re going to have five million packages go out over five days and I just did two hours worth of work, makes it worthwhile.”
Packaged meals will impact the lives of those living in hunger all over the world; the hunger drive sends meals to Iowans, as well as those overseas through the help of partner organizations.
The Hunger Fight goes through Saturday. 15,000 volunteers are already signed up, organizers said they still need more. To get involved, you can sign up here.