20,000 meals for veterans’ families

What do red lentils, white rice, dried veggies and pink salt have to do with Veterans Day in College Park? Plenty, if you count assembling 20,000 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere as plenty. 

The planners of a regional single adult conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sought a way participants could serve the local community while attending the three-day event at 45 E. Par St. Because the service activity would take place November 11, Veterans Day, they also wished to honor those who have served in the military. 

Fortunately, the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere provided a rewarding opportunity to do both. 

The FCE team arrived with a truckload of supplies, set volunteers up in assembly line stations and instructed participants in how to measure, fill, seal and crate dried jambalaya meal packets. 

FCE Event Lead Keriann Roe said Central Florida veterans’ families would receive all the meals packaged during that day’s “hunger project.”  

Through FCE’s commitment to ending world hunger, the organization invites individuals and organizations to band together in hands-on hunger projects like the one held that day. 

In October, FCE conducted Orlando Cares: Hope for Puerto Rico, a massive hunger project staged at the Orange County Convention Center. During a 19-day period, approximately 54,000 volunteers assembled 4.4 million boxed meal kits for immediate shipment to Puerto Rico following the devastation wrought on the island by hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

To learn how you or your group can host a hunger project, please visit feedingchildreneverywhere.com. 

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